Cambridge, MA — The Center for Public Leadership (CPL) at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), is pleased to announce the appointment of its fall 2017 Hauser Leaders.

“We are honored to play host this fall to such a distinguished class of Hauser Leaders here at our center," said David Gergen, Director of the Center for Public Leadership. "They are first-class men and women who have devoted their lives to service and leadership. In their time here, they will be invaluable role models for students across the university and enrich many conversations among faculty.”

Standing at the heart of the Center for Public Leadership’s community of scholarship and learning, Hauser Leaders contribute in vital ways to the academic life of Harvard, participating in faculty-led research and case development, classroom lectures, and more. Hauser Leaders bring tangible learning to students through workshops, field experiences, meetings, and public events. “The value-add of this learning – in an intimate and accessible setting with real-life scenarios – cannot be overstated,” said Center for Public Leadership Executive Director Barbara Best.

Hauser Leaders join Harvard Kennedy School in one of two ways: as Leaders-in-Residence for semester-long residential appointments or as Visiting Leaders who enter the CPL fold for richly programmed two to five day visits throughout the academic year.

Please visit for a schedule of Hauser Leaders public events.


Lawrence Bacow PhotoLAWRENCE S. BACOW, HAUSER LEADER-IN-RESIDENCE, President Emeritus, Tufts University

President Emeritus Lawrence S. Bacow served as the twelfth President of Tufts University from September 2001 through July 2011. After stepping down as President of Tufts, Dr. Bacow became President-in-Residence in the Higher Education Program at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education from 2011-2014. He is a member of the Harvard Corporation and of the President’s Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. He also serves on the boards of directors of TIAA, Liquidnet, and Loews Corporation. Dr. Bacow received his S.B. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, his J.D. from Harvard Law School, and his M.P.P. and Ph.D. from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. A Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he is the recipient of five honorary degrees.

Canada Hauser LeaderGEOFFREY CANADA, HAUSER VISITING LEADER, President and CEO, Harlem Children’s Zone (1990-2014)

Geoffrey Canada is an internationally recognized advocate for children and an innovator in the field of education. In 1990, Mr. Canada created the Harlem Children’s Zone (HCZ), a birth-through-college network of programs that today serves more than 13,000 low-income students in Central Harlem in New York City. Today there is no other equivalent cohort of low-income children in the world succeeding at the rates found in the Harlem Children’s Zone. More than 900 students are now in college, 100 percent of preschoolers are school ready, parents are more engaged with their children, and rates of risky behaviors, such as teen pregnancy, incarceration and substance abuse, are lower. In 2011, Canada was named one of the world’s most influential people by TIME magazine and as one of the 50 greatest leaders by Fortune magazine in 2014. His work has influenced a new generation of education reformers through his writings in The New York Times, The New York Daily News, The Chronicle of Philanthropy as well as two critically acclaimed books on poverty and violence: Fist Stick Knife Gun and Reaching Up for Manhood. Canada has been profiled extensively in the media for his visionary model and was featured in the documentary about the dire state of American education Waiting for Superman. Canada continues to lecture around the world and shares his expertise with government entities, including New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Smart Schools Commission, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Commission on Economic Opportunity, and the New York State Common Core Task Force.


Carol Caruso is the CEO and Co-Founder of Bloom Impact, a social impact, Fintech startup. Caruso has extensive experience across the globe in both the public and private sectors driving social impact, innovation, and inclusive finance through the use of innovative technology. She has advised banks and companies on how to advance their digital capacity and implement innovative business models, mobile and online products, and digital distribution channels. Caruso brings extensive experience in setting strategy and planning, project management, launching payment platforms, mobile apps, and distribution networks. She has worked on a wide variety of digital inclusive finance initiatives and collaborated with partners such as Telcos, Visa, MasterCard, Central Banks, Social Impact investors and private companies. Prior positions include serving as SVP Digital Channels & Tech at Accion International, Managing Director of Triple Jump Advisory Services, Financial Inclusion Expert at Kiva and EMEA Director at Broadvision. Caruso received a B.A. in Economics and Finance from the University of California in Santa Barbara, completed the Executive Management program at University California in Berkeley, and completed the Fine Art Photography Program at the San Francisco Academy of Art. Caruso resides in Boston with her husband and son after having lived and worked in Paris, France for 15 years.

Chen releaseALICE CHEN, HAUSER VISITING LEADER, Executive Director, Doctors for America (2011-2017)

Alice T. Chen, M.D. is a practicing internal medicine physician and served as Executive Director and a founding board member of Doctors for America. Under her leadership, Doctors for America mobilized a movement of thousands of physicians and medical students in all 50 states, bringing its patients’ experiences to policy makers in an effort to ensure that everyone has access to affordable, high quality health care. Chen has led efforts to educate doctors and medical students about key policy developments, and has built programming to support advocacy training and leadership development. She organized national, state, and local campaigns including: Passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA); Medicaid expansion; defense of the Public Health and Prevention Fund; protection of access to contraception and abortion; and efforts to lift the effective ban on CDC gun violence prevention research. She has spoken extensively on health issues and physician advocacy in national media. Chen served as the co-director of the UCLA Residency Elective in Malawi, Africa. As a medical student, she volunteered with the American Red Cross 9/11 Relief Operation in New York City as a caseworker, Chinese translator, and assistant to the director of the largest service center in Lower Manhattan. She received her undergraduate degree from Yale University and her M.D. from Cornell Medical College. Chen completed her internal medicine residency at UCLA. She is an Assistant Clinical Professor at George Washington University and an Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.


Nicholas Ehrmann has served as CEO and Founder of Blue Engine since 2009. He began his career in education as a Teach for America corps member in Washington D.C., joining forces with local philanthropists in 2002 to launch the nonprofit Project 312 in partnership with the “I Have a Dream” Foundation. The partnership secured over $1M in commitments for a ten year, comprehensive youth development program for his fourth-grade students – many of whom are now struggling to make it in the world of higher education. In 2003, Ehrmann began graduate work in sociology at Princeton University as a William G. Bowen fellow, and later returned to D.C. to study his former students as they navigated one of the lowest-performing school districts in the nation. His dissertation—Yellow Brick Road—explores the negative effects of academic underperformance on the transition from high school to college. Ehrmann was selected as a finalist for the Washington D.C. First-Year Teacher of the Year award and the national Teach for America Sue Lehmann Award. He was named an Echoing Green Fellow in 2010 and a Draper Richards Kaplan Fellow in 2011. Ehrmann holds a B.A. in History and American Studies from Northwestern University and a Ph.D. Sociology from Princeton University.


Claude Grunitzky is the founder of TRACE Magazine, and co-founder/chairman of TRUE. In February 2003, Grunitzky and two business partners completed a multimillion-dollar financing deal led by Goldman Sachs Group. As a result, the TRACE brand is now being leveraged globally across various television, event and interactive platforms. TRACE, which now reaches an audience of more than 50 million people across 140 countries, was successfully sold to a French investor group in July 2010. Grunitzky was raised between Lomé, Togo; Washington, DC; Paris and London. Growing up, Grunitzky, who speaks six languages and carries three passports, was exposed to many different cultures. These foreign interactions shaped his transcultural philosophy and informed the creative energy of his media and marketing ventures. Grunitzky has created media projects all over the world, written for leading newspapers The Guardian, Libération, NRC Handelsblad, Globo, and co-produced a documentary for the BBC. As chairman of TRUE, Grunitzky has helped to shape integrated marketing campaigns for global brands including Absolut Vodka, Hilton Hotels, Infiniti, Levi’s, Mercedes-Benz, Moët & Chandon, Natura, Nissan, Puma and Sprite. The recipient of many distinctions, Grunitzky is an MIT Sloan Fellow and a French American Foundation Young Leader, and was named a finalist for the Ernst & Young ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ award in 2007.

KristofNICHOLAS KRISTOF, HAUSER VISITING LEADER, Op-ed Columnist, The New York Times and Pulitzer Prize Winner

Nicholas D. Kristof, a columnist for The New York Times since 2001, writes op-eds that appear twice a week. Joining The New York Times in 1984, Kristof initially covered economics and served as a Times correspondent in Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Beijing, and Tokyo, and later served as Associate Managing Editor. In 1990, Mr. Kristof and his wife, Sheryl WuDunn, then also a Times journalist, won a Pulitzer Prize for their coverage of China’s Tiananmen Square democracy movement. Mr. Kristof won a second Pulitzer in 2006 for commentary in “his graphic, deeply reported columns that, at personal risk, focused attention on genocide in Darfur and that gave voice to the voiceless in other parts of the world.” Mr. Kristof and Ms. WuDunn are authors of Half the Sky: From Oppression to Opportunity for Women Worldwide, which inspired The Half the Sky Movement that seeks to ignite the change needed to put an end to the oppression of women and girls worldwide. Most recently, Kristof and WuDunn authored A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity. Kristof graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard College and then studied law at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar.

Vivek releaseVIVEK MURTHY, HAUSER VISITING LEADER, U.S. Surgeon General (2014-2017)

Vivek H. Murthy, M.D., M.B.A., served as the 19th Surgeon General of the United States from 2014-2017. As Surgeon General, Murthy commanded the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, a uniformed service of 6,600 public health offices serving vulnerable populations in 800 locations domestically and abroad. During his tenure he helped address critical public health issues, including the Ebola outbreak, the Zika virus, low rates of physical activity, and the explosion in e-cigarette use among youth. In 2016, he launched the TurnTheTideRx campaign to combat the opioid epidemic. Murthy also issued the first Surgeon General's report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health to mobilize the nation to address our addiction crisis. Murthy has called emotional well-being one of the most important and most underappreciated drivers of health. In particular, he has drawn attention to the profound impact that loneliness and social disconnection have on health, productivity, and education. As a clinician-educator, Dr. Murthy has cared for thousands of patients and trained hundreds of residents and medical students. He co-founded VISIONS, an HIV/AIDS education program in India and the United States and the Swasthya project (“health and wellbeing” in Sanskrit), a community health partnership in rural India that trained women to be health providers and educators. Murthy is the co-founder of TrialNetworks, a software technology company that accelerates collaboration in clinical trials. Murthy received his B.A. from Harvard College and his M.D. and M.B.A. degrees from Yale. He completed his residency training at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School where he later joined the faculty as an internal medicine physician and instructor.

WuDunn for releaseSHERYL WUDUNN, HAUSER VISITING LEADER, Managing Director, Mid-Market Securities, Writer and Pulitzer Prize Winner

Sheryl WuDunn, the first Asian-American reporter to win a Pulitzer Prize, currently serves as a senior managing director with Mid-Market Securities (MMS), an investment banking boutique helping growth companies. At The New York Times, WuDunn was both an executive and journalist, most notably as a foreign correspondent for the paper in Tokyo and Beijing. With her husband, Nicholas D. Kristof, WuDunn received the Pulitzer Prize for their work covering China’sTiananmen Square democracy movement. Ms. WuDunn and Mr. Kristof co-authored Half the Sky: From Oppression to Opportunity for Women Worldwide, which inspired The Half the Sky Movement that seeks to ignite the change needed to put an end to the oppression of women and girls worldwide. Recently, they teamed up again to write A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity. WuDunn is a graduate of Cornell University, where she is a member of the Board of Trustees. She earned an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and an M.P.A. from Princeton University. She is a recipient of honorary degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and Middlebury College.

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