Building Community

Connecting with alumni by region, policy area, class year, or leadership role provides valuable opportunities to continue learning and building relationships beyond the Kennedy School. The Alumni Relations Office organizes a variety of ways to get involved. To learn more, please contact us. 

Alumni Ambassadors are representatives who live in an area with fewer than 100 HKS alumni. They plan events and communications for their region and work to engage HKS alumni with each other and the School.

HKS degree-program and executive education alumni are represented by an elected board that comprises 22 volunteer members. These volunteers work to strengthen connections among HKS alumni across the globe by supporting alumni, current students, and the School. Members, who meet twice a year in Cambridge, serve four-year terms. Board committees typically focus on alumni networks, Reunions, alumni awards, elections, communications, and career advancement.

The Harvard Alumni Association (HAA) Board of Directors is an advisory board that guides community-building among alumni. The HAA’s Board of Directors primarily focuses on developing volunteer leadership and increasing and deepening alumni engagement through an array of programs that support alumni communities worldwide.

Regional Alumni Networks and Shared Interest Groups are University-recognized groups of 100 or more alumni based on either geographical location (the regional networks) or affinity (the SIGs). These groups engage HKS alumni with each other and the School through a variety of events and communications. Each network and SIG has dedicated leaders who hold various roles (e.g., president, vice president, secretary, treasurer) that manage programming and outreach.

Help plan your Reunion by participating on your class’s Reunion Committee. Reach out to your classmates to encourage them to attend Reunion, organize class-specific events such as meals or outings, and participate in fundraising for your class gift.

All Harvard Kennedy School volunteers agree to the following while acting as a volunteer, performing official duties as an alumnus/a of HKS, and attending alumni-related events in Cambridge and around the world. Volunteers shall fulfill their duties with the highest level of professionalism, responsibility, and integrity. 

  • Volunteers shall treat other alumni and the larger Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard University community of faculty, staff, and students with respect at all times and adhere to the Harvard Kennedy School Code of Conduct.
  • Volunteers agree to handle sensitive information with care and only use it for its intended purpose. 
  • Volunteers understand that Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard University reserve the right to suspend alumni benefits and services to and to exclude from HKS community events or campus any person whose behavior adversely affects the safety, enjoyment and well-being of any HKS alumni, employees, students, guests or invitees. 

Participation Counts: David Rosenberg MC/MPA 1986

“You can be as involved as you want to be. Talk to prospective students. Help recent grads make a connection. Have dinner with classmates and other local HKS alumni—find their names in the HKS Alumni Directory—it doesn’t have to be a formal thing. What is important is for alumni to participate in whatever way and level their circumstances and priorities allow."