The Hauser Leaders Program at Harvard Kennedy School hosts a unique portfolio of high-profile leaders and practitioners from across public, nonprofit, and private sectors.

Hauser Leaders spend their time on campus advising students and engaging with faculty during richly-programmed visits throughout the academic year. By teaching skill-building and leadership development workshops, engaging key external stakeholders, and advising students and alumni, Hauser Leaders enact the Center for Public Leadership’s mission to develop principled, effective public leaders who make positive change in the world. Hauser Leaders also inform Harvard curriculum by speaking in the classroom, engaging in research and case development, and sharing expertise with lead faculty.

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Spring 2024 Hauser Leaders


40th Prime Minister Of New Zealand (2017-2023)


President and Chief Executive Officer of the New York Stem Cell Foundation 


19th Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2021-2023); Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School (2012-2021); Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases, Massachusetts General Hospital (2017-2021)

Former Hauser Leaders

Tommy Amaker (Spring 2020, Spring 2021) || Thomas G. Stemberg '71 Family Endowed Coach, Harvard Men's Basketball; Director's Visiting Leader, Harvard Institute of Politics

Jacinda Ardern (Fall 2023) || 40th Prime Minister Of New Zealand (2017-2023)

Larry Bacow (2014-2018) || President, Harvard UniversityPresident, Tufts University (2001-2011)

Don Baer (Spring 2020) || Chair, Board of Directors, PBS; Walter Shorenstein Media and Democracy Fellow, Shorenstein Center, Harvard Kennedy School

Matthew Barzun (Spring 2017) || U.S. Ambassador to the UK (2013-2017)

Colette Pichon Battle (Fall 2023) || Vision And Initiatives Partner, Taproot Earth

Deborah Borda (2014-2020) || President and CEO, New York Philharmonic

LaTosha Brown (2020-2021) || Co-founder, Black Voters Matter Fund; 2020 Leader in Practice, Women and Public Policy Program, HKS; 2020-2021 American Democracy Fellow, Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History, Harvard University

Michael Brown (2020) || Co-founder and Senior Advisor, City Year; Principal, Public Purpose Strategies

Carol Browner (2019-2020) || Director, White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy (2009-2011); 8th Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (1993-2001)

Geoffrey Canada (Fall 2017) || President, Harlem Children’s Zone

Carol Caruso (2017-2018) || CEO and Co-Founder, Bloom Impact; Innovator-in-Residence, Social Innovation + Change Initiative, Harvard Kennedy School

Alice Chen (2017-2019) || Executive Director, Doctors for America (2011-2017)

Carmen Yulín Cruz Soto (Spring 2022) || Mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico (2013-2020)

Nicholas Ehrmann (2017-2018) || President and Founder, Blue Engine; Visiting Innovator, Social Innovation + Change Initiative, Harvard Kennedy School

Paul Grogan (Fall 2021) || President and CEO, The Boston Foundation (2001-2021)

Claude Grunitzky (2017-2018) || Entrepreneur, Founder and Editor-in-Chief, TRUE Africa; Visiting Innovator, Social Innovation + Change Initiative, Harvard Kennedy School

Jane Harman (Fall 2022- Spring 2023) || Distinguished Fellow and President Emerita, Wilson Center; U.S. Representative (CA-36) (1993-1999; 2010-2011)

David Ignatius (Fall 2022) || Foreign Affairs Columnist,The Washington Post; novelist; Fisher Family Fellow, Future of Diplomacy Project (2010); Visiting Professor, HKS (Spring 2012)

Donald Kaberuka (2015-2016) || President, African Development Bank (2005-2015)

Tawakkol Karman (Spring 2020) || 2011 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

Nicholas Kristof (2017-2019) || Op-ed Columnist, The New York Times; Pulitzer Prize winner

John Kroger (2018-2019) || Chief Learning Officer, U.S. Navy (2019-2020); President, Reed College (2012-2018)

Mitchell Landrieu (Spring 2018) || 61st Mayor, New Orleans, Louisiana (2010-2018)

Michael Lomax (Fall 2022) || President & CEO, United Negro College Fund (UNCF)

Susana Malcorra (2020) || Dean, IE School of Global and Public Affairs; Minister of Foreign Affairs and Worship, Argentine Republic (2015-2017)

Linda Mason (2014-2017) || Chair, Mercy Corps; Founder, Bright Horizons

Desmond Meade (2020) || President and Executive Director, Florida Rights Restoration Coalition

Bruce Mehlman (Spring 2021) || Founder, Mehlman, Castagnetti, Rosen & Thomas; Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Technology Policy to George W. Bush (2001-2003)

Karen Gordon Mills (Fall 2018) || 23rd Administrator, United States Small Business Administration (2009-2013)

Shivshankar Menon (Spring 2022) || National Security Advisor of India (2010-2014); Foreign Secretary of India (2006-2009)

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka (Spring 2022) || UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director, UN Women (2013-2021)

Vivek Murthy (2017-2019) || 21st United States Surgeon General (2021-present); 19th United States Surgeon General (2014-2017)

Ellen Ochoa (Spring 2019-Fall 2020) || 11th Director, NASA Johnson Space Center (2013-2018); Astronaut

Regis Pecos (Spring 2023) || Co-founder and Co-director, The Leadership Institute at Santa Fe Indian School, Former Governor, Cochiti Pueblo

Dan Pallotta (Fall 2021) || CEO, Advertising for Humanity

Emily Kernan Rafferty (Fall 2019) || President Emerita, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Paola Ramos (Fall 2021) || Correspondent, VICE and VICE News; Contributor, Telemundo News and MSNBC

Maria Ressa (Fall 2021) || Co-Founder and CEO, Rappler

Leni Robredo (Fall 2022) || 14th Vice President of the Philippines (2016-2022); Chairperson, Angat Pinas, Inc.

Sima Samar (Spring 2023) || Minister of Women's Affairs of Afghanistan (2001-2002); Founder, Gawharshad Institute of Higher Education and Shuhada Organization; Fellow, The Fletcher School, Tufts University

Dov Seidman (Fall 2022) || Founder and Chairman, The HOW Institute for Society and LRN

Henry Timms (2018-2019) || President and CEO, Lincoln Center

Doug Ulman (Fall 2019) || President and CEO, Pelotonia

Alexander Vindman (Spring 2023, Fall 2023) || Former Director for European Affairs, U.S. National Security Council (2018-2020)

Nadja Y. West (2019-2020) || 44th Surgeon General, United States Army (2016-2019)

Honorable Mark Wolf (Fall 2023) || Judge, U.S. District Court, District Of Massachusetts; Chair, Integrity Initiatives International

Sheryl WuDunn (2017-2019) || Co-founder, FullSky Partners; Pulitzer Prize Winner