News & Events

February 2018

Ash Center, Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative and Taubman Center Name Martin O'Malley Visiting Fellow

Cambridge, MAHarvard Kennedy School’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative, and the Taubman Center for State and Local Government have named former Maryland Governor and Baltimore Mayor Martin O’Malley as a shared Visiting Fellow for 2018. While at the Kennedy School, O’Malley will engage with students, faculty, staff, and current elected leaders on issues relating to the challenges and opportunities of public service in state and local government. (MORE)


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Rafael Carbonell Announced as Executive Director of the Taubman Center

Carbonell was Deputy Director of the City of Boston’s Office of Business Development, where he oversaw an $11 million annual budget. He directed the development of the Boston’s first-ever small business strategic plan, and engaged multiple Rappaport Public Policy Summer Fellows. He has also served as Executive Vice President of Thrive (now the Madison Region Economic Partnership) and as Director of Regional Economic Development for the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce. Carbonell was Director of Marketing & Business Development for a technology company he helped launch in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Rafael has also worked in a range of other consultant, business development and marketing positions during his impressive career.

Carbonell is fluent in Spanish and holds a B.S. in Marketing from Boston College. He was a Ford Foundation “Regional Sustainable Development Fellow” and has served on numerous boards and advisory committees.

He joins a very accomplished team at the Taubman Center, which has expanded its engagement with state and local governments in recent years, and continues to create leading research on important policy issues, and academic programming and direct career experience opportunities for Kennedy School students.