Reunion 2019 Recap

More than 800 alumni and friends came back to campus May 17–19 for this year’s Harvard Kennedy School Reunion. Check out the Reunion 2019 video, photos on Facebook, and explore the buzz on Instagram and Twitter by searching #HKSAlumni.

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Full Weekend Pricing
  • Early-bird online registration (Closed March 4): $250 per person
  • Regular online registration (Closes May 13): $300 per person
  • On-site registration: $350 per person

Pricing is per person. There is a limit of three additional guests.

Individual Day Pricing
  • Friday only: $80 per person
  • Saturday only: $175 per person
  • Sunday only: $95 per person

Pricing is per person. There is a limit of three additional guests.

Friday, May 17
3:00–7:00 PM
Registration and Check-in
Acuña-Sunshine Lobby, Wexner Building

4:00–5:30 PM    
Open Houses

Belfer Building
1st floor

  • Social Innovation and Change Initiative

Littauer Building
1st floor

  • Institute of Politics

Rubenstein Building
2nd floor

  • Carr Center for Human Rights Policy

Taubman Building
1st floor

  • Center for Public Leadership
  • Women and Public Policy Program

Wexner Building 

Wexner Commons

  • Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs 
  • Center for International Development
  • Executive Education
  • Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government
  • Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy
  • Taubman Center for State and Local Government
  • Wiener Center for Social Policy


  • Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation

5:30–8:00 PM    
Welcome Reception
John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum, Littauer Building

Saturday, May 18

8:00 AM–3:00 PM
Registration and Check-in
Acuña-Sunshine Lobby, Wexner Building

8:00–9:00 AM
Continental Breakfast 
Dining Café, Wexner Building

9:00 AM
State of the School
John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum, Littauer Building
Doug Elmendorf, Dean and Don K. Price Professor of Public Policy

Presentation of the Alumni Public Service Award
John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum, Littauer Building

10:15 AM
Promoting Equity and Inclusion at Work
John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum, Littauer Building

Iris Bohnet, Academic Dean; Co-Director, Women and Public Policy Program; Albert Pratt Professor of Business and Government

Robert Livingston, Lecturer of Public Policy

Hannah Riley Bowles MPP 1994, Co-Director, Women and Public Policy Program; Roy E. Larsen Senior Lecturer in Public Policy and Management

11:30 AM
Presentation of the Emerging Global Leader Award, Digital Innovation Awards, and the HKS Fund Outstanding Alumni Award
John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum, Littauer Building

Class Luncheons and Photos
Photos will be taken in each classroom during lunch.

  • MPA/ID  (all years)
    T-520 Allison Dining Room
  • 1969 and 1974*
    R-G21 Neustadt
  • 1979* 
    L-324 Fainsod
  • 1984*
    R-414 Ellwood Democracy Lab
  • 1989*
  • 1994*
    B-500 Bell Hall
  • 1999*
    L-P9 Malkin Penthouse

  • 2004 
    • MPP | L-332 Deland
    • MPA | L-382 Kahn
    • MC/MPA | R-304 
  • 2009
    • MPP | L-130 Bolton
    • MPA | R-306
    • MC/MPA | L-230 Gundle
  • 2014 
    • MPP | WEX-300 
    • MPA | WEX-332
    • MC/MPA | L-280 Ortiz-Patino

* All degree programs

2:00 PM

Climate Change: Are We Toast?
Nye Conference Center, 5th Floor, Taubman Building

  • David O’Connor MC/MPA 1994, Senior Vice President for Energy and Clean Technology, ML Strategies (moderator)
  • Jane Gilbert MPA 1994, Chief Resilience Officer, Office of Resilience and Sustainability, City of Miami, FL
  • Claire Healy MPA 2004, Program Director, Climate Diplomacy, Risk and Security, E3G 
  • Ron Minsk MPP 1989, Fellow, Center on Global Energy Policy, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University
  • Timothy Purinton MC/MPA 2014, State Director, Maryland/DC, The Nature Conservancy

Harnessing the Power of State and Local Government
L-140, 1st Floor, Littauer Building

  • Danielle Cerny MPP 2014, Chief Performance Officer for Rhode Island (moderator)
  • Salvador Arrona MPP 2009, Director of Policy, New York City Business Integrity Commission
  • Dara Menashi MPP 1989, Managing Director, Child Welfare, Case Commons
  • Lillian Shirley MC/MPA 1999, Director, Public Health, State of Oregon

Navigating Career Transitions
Land Hall, 4th Floor, Belfer Building

  • Mary Beaulieu, Assistant Dean and Director, Office of Career Advancement, Harvard Kennedy School (moderator)
  • David Holden MC/MPA 2009, 2018 Democratic Nominee (Florida, 19th District) for the U.S. House of Representatives
  • Annie Mayol MPP 1999, President and COO, Foundation for Puerto Rico
  • Anne Rudolph O’Donnell MPP 1984, Senior Executive Director, Corporate Relations, University of California San Diego
  • Neel Shah MPP 2009, Co-Founder and Vice President, March for Moms

A New Development Landscape: Powers, Players, and Data
WEX-436, 4th Floor, Wexner Building

  • Tim Cheston MPA/ID 2014, Senior Research Manager, Growth Lab, Center for International Development, Harvard Kennedy School (moderator)
  • Carolina Camacho MPA/ID 2009, Country Economist, Colombia, CAF–Development Bank of Latin America
  • Jeremy Fischer MPA/ID 2009, Director, Finance and Compliance, IDInsight
  • Daniel Runde MPP 1999, Senior Vice President, William A. Schreyer Chair in Global Analysis; Director, Project on Prosperity and Development, Center for Strategic and International Studies

Social Innovation as a Driver for Change
Starr Auditorium, 2nd Floor, Belfer Building

  • Jonathan Chang MC/MPA 2014, Executive Director, National University of Singapore Enterprise (moderator)
  • Julius Alip MC/MPA 2014, CEO, Center for Agriculture and Rural Development, Leasing and Finance Corporation
  • Alicia Fletcher John-Baptiste MPP 1999, President and CEO, SPUR
  • Laila Kuznezov MPA/ID 2004, Senior Advisor, Tony Blair Institute for Global Change
  • Adam La Reau MC/MPA 2014, Founder, One Summit; Co-Founder, O2X Human Performance
  • Munir Merali MC/MPA 1999, Resident Diplomatic Representative, Aga Khan Development Network

3:45 PM    
Autocrats or Liberal Democrats: Who Will Lead in the 21st Century?
John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum, Littauer Building

Wendy Sherman, Director, Center for Public Leadership; Professor of the Practice of Public Leadership (moderator)

Nicholas Burns, Roy and Barbara Goodman Family Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations

Eric Rosenbach MPP 2004, Co-Director, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs; Lecturer in Public Policy

5:00 PM    
Presentation of the Julius E. Babbitt Memorial Volunteer Award and the Alumni Network Engagement Award
John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum, Littauer Building

5:30 PM    
Evening Reception
Wexner Commons and Dining Café, Wexner Building

7:00 PM    
Class Dinners (Planned by Reunion Committees)
Various Off-campus Locations

Sunday, May 19

9:30–11:30 AM
Registration and Check-in
Acuña-Sunshine Lobby, Wexner Building

10:00 AM    
Celebration of Life
Nye Conference Center, 5th Floor, Taubman Building
J. Bryan Hehir, Parker Gilbert Montgomery Professor of the Practice of Religion and Public Life, Harvard Kennedy School; Secretary for Health Care and Social Services, Archdiocese of Boston

11:00 AM   
Dining Café, Wexner Building

12:30 PM
Leading and Staying Alive
John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum, Littauer
Ron Heifetz MC/MPA 1983, King Hussein Bin Talal Senior Lecturer in Public Leadership; Founder, Center for Public Leadership