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Senior Lecturer in Public Policy and Management

Jorrit de Jong is Senior Lecturer in Public Policy and Management at Harvard Kennedy School. His research and teaching focus on the challenges of making the public sector more effective, efficient, equitable and responsive to social needs.

Jorrit is the Faculty Director of the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative, a joint program of Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School, funded by and executed in collaboration with Bloomberg Philanthropies. It is the world’s most comprehensive effort to advance effective problem-solving and innovation through executive education, research, curriculum development and field work.    

Dr. De Jong is also Academic Director of the Innovations in Government Program at the Kennedy School’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation. A specialist in experiential learning, Jorrit has taught strategic management and public problem solving in degree and executive education programs at HKS and around the world. Before coming to Harvard, Jorrit co-founded the Kafka Brigade, a social enterprise in Europe that helps governments diagnose and remedy bureaucratic dysfunction. Before that he was director of the Center for Government Studies at Leiden University and founding co-director of a consulting firm for the public sector in Amsterdam.

Jorrit holds a PhD in Public Policy and Management (VU Amsterdam), a Master in Philosophy (Leiden) and a Master in Public Administration (Leiden). He has written extensively, including the books The State of Access: Success and Failure of Democracies to Create Equal Opportunities (Brookings 2008, co-edited); Agents of Change: Strategy and Tactics for Social Innovation (Brookings 2012, co-authored); and Dealing with Dysfunction: Innovative Problem Solving in the Public Sector (Brookings, 2016). Jorrit wrote over 25 teaching cases and designed numerous simulation exercises on collaborative governance, organizational behavior and innovation.

In 2014, Jorrit launched the Innovation Field Lab, an experiential learning and outreach project sponsored by the Ash Center that connects HKS students with five cities in Massachusetts through real problem solving efforts. In addition to co-chairing executive programs for U.S. Mayors, international Mayors and their senior aides as part of the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative, Jorrit is the faculty co-chair of two open enrollment programs: Creating Collaborative Solutions and Innovations in Governance.

Transparent Engagement

Harvard Kennedy School is proud of its energetic involvement in the world. To better understand how to solve public problems by improving policy and leadership, we engage directly with policymakers, public leaders, governments, nonprofit organizations, and for-profit businesses whose activities affect those problems. However, we recognize that such engagement can raise questions about perceived and potential conflicts of interest, so we disclose publicly the key professional activities of our faculty outside the Kennedy School.

Outside Professional Activities For Jorrit de Jong

In order to learn from and have an impact on the practice of public policy and management, I occasionally take on research, training and speaking assignments with public sector clients. All these activities are within the limits of HKS and Harvard University policies for outside professional activities. None of these assignments limit my academic freedom in any way or form. On the contrary, they are sources of inspiration and opportunities to disseminate research findings and put ideas into practice. In the interest of transparency I choose to fully disclose these activities.  


Dutch National Government

– National Police, Public Prosecution Service and Local Government - Organized Crime Field Lab

- Workshops for Senior Executive Service (Algemene Bestuursdienst) on strategic management and public leadership. 

- Occasional Lectures

OECD Public Sector Innovation Observatory Advisory Board - member

MaRS Solutions Lab Toronto, Canada - Member Advisory Board

- Stichting Lezen en Schrijven (non profit organization fighting illiteracy) - Research 



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Human Rights
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Non-governmental Organizations
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Social Innovation & Philanthropy

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