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Lecturer in Public Policy

Dana H. Born Faculty Chair, Senior Executive Fellows (SEF) Program; Faculty Advisor, Black Family Fellowship; Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School of Government) is a retired Brigadier General with 30 years of service in the United States Air Force. Prior to coming to Harvard, from 2004-2013, she served two terms as the Dean of the Faculty at the United States Air Force Academy where she was also the Professor and Head of the Behavioral Sciences and Leadership Department. Previously, Dana served as an Exchange Officer with the Royal Australian Air Force, Assistant Director for Recruiting Research and Analysis for the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Force Management Policy), Deputy Chief of the Personnel Issues Team for the Department of the Air Force (DC/Staff Personnel), Aide and Speech Writer to the Secretary of the Air Force, Squadron Commander for 11th Mission Support Squadron at Bolling AFB, DC and in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

A graduate with distinction of the United States Air Force Academy, Professor Born received her B.S. in Behavioral Sciences (1983), M.S. in Experimental Psychology from Trinity University, TX (1985), M.A. in Research Psychology from University of Melbourne (1991) and Doctorate in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Penn State University (1994). She received Penn State University’s Alumni Fellow Award (2012) and Distinguished Alumni Award (2018) and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Simmons College in Humane Administration (2007). 

Born is the recipient of the Secretary of the Air Force’s Eugene M. Zuckert Award for Outstanding Management Achievement, Air Force Association’s Hoyt S. Vandenberg Award for outstanding contributions to Aerospace education, Air Force Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit and Defense Meritorious Service Medal. She has been honored with the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) Annual Dean's Teaching Awards as well as the Harvard Kennedy School of Government Innovation in Teaching Award in 2017.

Dr. Born is a Distinguished HOW Moral Leadership Fellow; Independent Director on the Midwest Reliability Organization Board; Independent Trustee serving on the Board for DeVry University; Trustee on the United States Air Force Academy’s Falcon Foundation; Supporting Director on the US Air Force Academy Foundation Board, University of Melbourne Foundation - USA Board Member; Past President of the Massachusetts Women’s Forum; Senior Consultant for the Core Leadership Institute; Peer Evaluator for the Higher Learning Commission; Member of the Women Corporate Directors, International Women’s Forum, and Council on Foreign Relations; Council Member on Boston Mayor’s Pay Equity Workforce; Advisory Board Member for “With Honor;” and “A Child’s Guide to War” documentary, “Blue Star Families,” Senior Officer for Mission: Readiness; Past-President of the American Psychological Association (Society for Military Psychology) and previous Independent Director on Board of the Apollo Education Group.

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Outside Professional Activities For Dana Born


  • Past President, Massachusetts Women’s Forum (MWF) [2018-present; Unpaid]
  • Peer Reviewer, North Central Association, Higher Learning Commission [2010 - present; Paid]
  • Senior Consultant for the Core Leadership Institute (CLI), was Authentic Leadership Institute (ALI) [2014 - present; Paid]
  • Senior Officer supporting Mission:Readiness [2016-present; Unpaid]
  • Advisory Committee, Child’s Guide to War Documentary [2015-present; Unpaid]
  • Advisory Board, With Honor [2017-Present;Unpaid]
  • DeVry University Board [2019-Present; Paid] TBC
  • Journal of Character and Leadership (JCLD), Editorial Board [2018-Present; Unpaid]
  • Australia New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG) [2016-Present; Paid]
  • Midwest Reliability Organization [2020-Present; Paid]


  • American Psychological Association (APA) Member-Fellow [1992; 2020]
    • Division 19, Society for Military Psychology (1992)
    • Division 14, Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychologists (SIOP) (2020)
  • Women Corporate Directors (WCD)
  • Member, Boston Mayor’s Women’s Workforce Council (WWC) [2016-present; Unpaid]
  • United States Air Force Academy Falcon Foundation Trustee [2013-present; Unpaid]
    - Strategy and Governance Committee Member
    - Scholarship Committee Member
  • United States Air Force Academy Foundation Board of Directors [2019-present; unpaid]
  • Past, Air Force Association (AFA)
  • Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology (SIOP)
  • Peer Reviewer, Journal of Military Psychology International Women’s Forum (IWF) (May 2011/Jul 2013) [CO/MA; Unpaid]
  • Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR)
  • Admissions Committee (MPP), Harvard Kennedy School of Government
  • George Fellowship Selection Committee, Harvard Kennedy School of Government [2014-2018]
  • Black Family Fellowship Selection Committee, [2019-present]
  • Trustee Blue Star Families [2018-Present; Unpaid]
  • Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) [2017-Present; Unpaid]
  • International Women's Forum (IWF) [2011-Present; Unpaid]
  • Boston Globe contributor, OP EDs [2018-Present; Unpaid/Paid]
  • Penn State University's President's Council [2018-Present; Unpaid]
  • University of Melbourne, Australia (USA) Board [2019-Present; Unpaid]

Recent Speaking Engagements:

  • Center for Asia Leadership [2018; 2019; Paid] 
  • Dutch Ministry [2016; 2018; Paid]
  • Southwire [2018; Paid]
  • MIT Lincoln Labs - Invited Senior Leadership Luncheon Seminar: A Conversation on Leader(ship) in the 21st Century [2017; 2018; Paid]
  • Harvard Summit on Excellence and Academic Inclusion in Higher Education - THE DEAN: Attention in the area! Including stories. [2017; Unpaid]
  • Bump Williams Consulting - Leader(ship): Who and Why Are You? [2017; Paid]
  • Australian and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG) [2017-present; Paid]
  • Pharamavite, LLC - Leader(ship): Who and Why Are You? [2017; 2018; Paid]
  • American Bankers Association - Who and Why Are You? [2017; Paid]
  • Service Academies Global Summit (SAGS) - Moderator [2017; 2018 Unpaid]
  • National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) - Leader(ship): Who and Why Are You? [2017; Paid]
  • Authentic Leadership Institute [ALI 2017, 2018; Paid]
  • Bahrain [2016-2020; Paid]
  • 1440 Multi-versity [2018-present; Paid]
  • DTIC [2019-2020; Paid]
  • The How Institute of Society [2019-present; Paid]

Past Member:

  • Past Independent Director, Apollo Education Group (AEG) [2014-2017; Paid]  
  • Past-President, APA - Division 19, Military Psychology
  • Joint Market Analysis and Research Committee, Sponsor
  • American Psychological Society (APS)
  • National Council on Measurement in Education (ACME)
  • Organizational Behavior Teaching Society (OBTC)
  • Air Force Association




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