Last month, the White House named three HKS alumni and one former Rappaport Fellow as White House Fellows for 2021–2022. They are Zachary Griffiths MPP 2017, Claire Henly MPP 2021, Alister Martin MPP/MD 2015, and Andrew Kim, a 2017 Rappaport Fellow.
Zachary Griffiths MPP 2017 is from Lexington, Massachusetts, and is placed at the National Security Council. Zach is a major in the U.S. Army Special Forces with three combat deployments. For outstanding performance as a Special Forces Detachment Commander in combat, Zach’s detachment was recognized with the Larry Thorne Award; also, the Hungarian Minister of Defense awarded Zach the Service Medal for Merit in Bronze Grade decorated with Swords. Zach most recently returned from Iraq, where he served as the special assistant for the Special Operations Joint Task Force Commander. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Zach assisted his local hospital with crisis planning. Between operational tours, Zach taught American politics in the Department of Social Sciences at West Point and mentored cadets to pass the rigorous combat diver qualification course. Additionally, Zach has published more than 25 articles, edits for Military Review and the Irregular Warfare Initiative, and is a term member at the Council on Foreign Relations. Zach also volunteers as a Cub Scout leader and with the Army Rowing Association. Zach earned a BS in operations research from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and an MPP from HKS.
Claire Henly MPP 2021 is from Somerville, Massachusetts, and is placed at the Special Presidential Envoy on Climate. Claire is an energy technology and policy expert with a decade of experience advancing solutions to climate change. She recently served on the executive team of the Energy Web Foundation, where she helped build a consortium of over 30 of the world’s largest energy companies to accelerate renewable energy adoption with blockchain technology. Prior to that, Claire advised international governments on climate policy at the Rocky Mountain Institute. In this role, she led a project with Rwanda’s Ministry of Infrastructure that identified over $30 million in utility savings while improving energy access, and partnered with China’s Energy Research Institute on a multiyear carbon reduction study that informed the 13th Five Year Plan. In 2018, Claire provided expert testimony before the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on blockchain in the energy sector. She has authored papers on subjects ranging from solar geoengineering to energy access in emerging economies and has spoken at over 20 climate-related forums worldwide. At HKS she received two fellowships. She holds a BS in environmental engineering from Yale University.
Alister Martin MPP/MD 2015 is from Neptune, New Jersey, and is placed at the Office of the Vice President and the White House Office of Public Engagement. Alister is a practicing emergency physician and former chief resident at Massachusetts General Hospital. He served as a former health policy aide to Governor Peter Shumlin of Vermont and Congressman Raul Ruiz of California. He works at the intersection of public policy and medicine as a research faculty member HKS’s Behavioral Insights Group and as clinical faculty at Harvard Medical School in the Center for Social Justice & Health Equity. He leverages his background in politics, policy, and the field of behavioral economics to use the emergency room as a place to build programs that serve the needs of vulnerable patients. He is the founder of VotER, a nonpartisan voter registration organization that has organized over 26,000 health care providers and 300 hospitals to help non-urgent patients register to vote. He is the founder of Get Waivered, a program that is converting our nation’s ERs into the front door for opioid addiction treatment. He also co-founded GOTVax, an initiative aimed at leveraging a get-out-the-vote framework to deliver vaccines directly to vulnerable communities in Boston via hyper-targeted vaccine pop-up clinics. Alister earned his MD from Harvard Medical School as a Presidential Scholar, his MPP from HKS, where he was a fellow in the Center for Public Leadership, and graduated summa cum laude from Rutgers University, where he was a Division 1 tennis player.