Bond with HKS alumni who share your commitment to public policy in specific areas of interest. We currently have five Shared Interest Groups (SIGs):

HKS Women's Network

The mission of the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) Women’s Network is to connect, support and amplify the efforts of women and nonbinary people who are HKS students and alumnae in authentic, meaningful and powerful ways. This includes:

  • Connecting women who are alumnae of the Harvard Kennedy School across geographies, backgrounds and areas of expertise;
  • Supporting and growing the community of women affiliated with HKS;
  • Partnering with the Harvard Kennedy School Office of Alumni Relations, current student body, the Women and Public Policy Program and Harvard University to strengthen the network and provide opportunities for collaboration and support;
  • Fostering a spirit of engagement around policy issues, systemic challenges, employment opportunities and other issues that may arise in the respective community; and
  • Organizing collectively to make the world a fairer, equitable and just place for women, non-binary individuals, and those who identify as women in a way that is meaningful to them, everywhere.

The group is open to any HKS graduate who identifies as female or nonbinary gender, as well as men looking to be allies.

Kendra Bradner MPP 2013, Co-Chair
Melissa Sandgren MPP 2013, Co-Chair
Parvathi Santhosh-Kumar MPP 2012, Secretary and Strategy
Xevion Baptiste MPP 2014, Treasurer

For questions about the City Ambassador Program, please contact Theodora Skeadas MPP 2016, City Ambassador Program Coordinator. 

Harvard Kennedy School Black Alumni Association (HKS BAA)

The HKS BAA, officially approved in 2016, was formed to advance and promote issues affecting HKS’s current students, black alumni, the administration, faculty, staff and the black community within the United States and globally. The SIG will also support the recruitment and success of black students, faculty and staff at HKS and members will serve as mentors for current students and help them with their career paths. In addition, the HKS BAA will foster discussions and address potential solutions to the many social issues that disproportionately affect communities of color.

The immediate areas of focus for the SIG are to grow and engage the BAA network, to support current students through the Black Policy Conference and other key initiatives and to host social and policy-based activities that will galvanize black alumni around issues of concern to the community.

Marvin Benton MC/MPA 1988, Co-Chair/Co-President
Marissa Davis MPP 2014, Co-Chair/Co-President
Cathy Wanzo MPA 1994, Treasurer
Terrence Gilchrist MPA 2008, Secretary


Adaptive Leadership Alumni

Founded in 2015, the Adaptive Leadership Alumni aim to strengthen people's leadership capacity to meet the adaptive opportunities and challenges facing organizations and societies around the world.

Goals include:

  • Providing a holding environment for cooperation and learning within a community of practitioners and educators
  • Linking like-minded people with each other and with the latest materials on leadership practice and education
  • Fostering the establishment and continuity of alumni consultation groups to support people to "lead and stay alive" as they face important challenges in their work lives
  • Creating a network of referral for alumni seeking to teach or consult in adaptive leadership
  • Further developing the theory and methods of adaptive leadership practice and education

Mitzi Johnson MC/MPA 2013, Executive Director
Kirsti Samuels MC/MPA 2012, Treasurer
Michael Koehler MPA 2014, Secretary


W3D (Women in Defense, Diplomacy and Development)

W3D is an alumnae network ready to answer President Kennedy’s call to service, “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” In that spirit, the women of HKS decided to create an innovative network to build on established HKS relationships. Founded with the idea that trusted relationships and inclusive groups are the keys to real collaboration, the W3D alumni network aims to break down the barriers among defense, diplomacy and development to create holistic foreign policy decisions and solutions for the United States. This alumnae network also acknowledges the untapped and underutilized power of women. It helps develop and promote the role of women in leadership, keeping a focus on the common goal of sustainable peace through gender equality.

Goals include:

  • Creating an active network to promote increased women’s participation and representation at all levels of national security
  • Fostering men’s engagement in promoting gender equality
  • Cultivating women as thought leaders in defense, diplomacy and development.
  • Promoting dialogue, information sharing and networking to support women working on global peace and security initiatives

Courtney Walsh MPP 2013, President
Theodora Skeadas MPP 2016, Secretary
Jinnyn Jacob MPP 2011, Board Member 
Patty Chang MPP 2005, Board Member
Jenny Mallamo MPP 2013


HUMAN (Harvard Kennedy School’s United Mason Alumni Network)

HUMAN mobilizes the academic knowledge, leadership skills, experiences and convening capacity of the HKS community to advance dialogue and support constructive change in the areas of economic growth, social services, civil society and governance in developing countries.

Goals include:

  • Strengthening and expanding the professional and social networks of Mason Program alumni, other HKS development-oriented program alumni, HKS alumni and current students who are interested in international development
  • Encouraging exchange and transfer of knowledge and skills among alumni working in global development and civil society in developing countries while supporting HKS and alumni projects in related fields
  • Promoting alumni involvement in HKS events by linking professional and academic interests in international development
  • Fostering a spirit of community among HKS alumni and current students by identifying work opportunities and exchange programs in developing countries
  • Identifying and encouraging strong candidates in developing countries to apply to the various HKS international development–related programs

For more details or to join HUMAN, please contact Taz Rajwani MC/MPA 2008.