National Advisory Board for Public Service

Drew Gilpin Faust, President of Harvard University, has made public service an institutional priority, and the National Advisory Board on Public Service will provide essential advice and recommendations on how to further public service at Harvard College during this critical juncture. The advisory board will be composed of approximately prominent leaders in public interest fields, faculty, and alumni with a deep commitment to the nonprofit and public interest sectors. A leader from each of the major public services offices and organizations on campus-- the Center for Public Interest Careers, FAS Standing Committee on Public Service, Institute of Politics, Office of Career Services, Phillips Brooks House Association and the Public Service Network-- will also attend these meetings to foster collaboration and common goal setting towards a cohesive vision.


  • Develop a deep understanding of the existing public service landscape at Harvard College.
  • Advise on strategies and strategic goals to engage undergraduates in public service and explore public interest careers through both co-curricular and curricular opportunities.
  • Establish a unified long-term vision for public service efforts and public interest career advising and identify needs to ensure the sustainability of this plan.
  • Support these vital efforts by providing relationships with collaborative partners and persons or organizations able to provide resources that will deepen and expand these efforts.

National Advisory Board 

  • Charlotte Ackert: Trustee, WNET New York
  • David Ackert: Managing Member, Crystal Lake Capital, LLC
  • Jonathan Alter: Author and Columnist
  • Joseph BarrettoNonprofit Consultant, Barretto Consulting LLC
  • Anurima Bhargava: Department of Justice
  • David Belluck: General Partner, Riverside Partners
  • Eryn BingleSpecial Counsel for Economic Development, Congressman Jim Hines
  • Michael BrownCEO and Co-Founder, City Year, Inc.
  • Cheryl Dorsey (Co-Chair): President, Echoing Green
  • Natasia de Silva: Staff Attorney, Legal Services NYC-Bronx 
  • Chris Gabrieli: Partner Emeritus, Bessemer Venture Partners; Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Massachusetts 2020  and the National Center on Time and Learning (NCTL); Lecturer, Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • Mike Gaw: Assistant Director, Division of Trading and Markets, US Securities and Exchange Commission
  • Mark Gearan (Co-chair): President, Hobart & William Smith College
  • Ira Harkavy: Associate Vice President and Founding Director, Netter Center for Community Partnerships, University of Pennsylvania
  • Maribel Hernández Rivera: Executive Director for Executive Action, NYC Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs
  • Alan Khazei: Co-founder of City Year, Founder of Be The Change
  • Richard Kiely: Director of Engaged Learning and Research, Cornell University
  • Peter LevineAssociate Dean for Research and Lincoln Filene Professor, Tufts University
  • Tamera Luzzatto: Managing Director of Government Relations, The Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Darin McKeever: Chief Program & Strategy Officer, William Davidson Foundation
  • Andrew Mandel: Senior Vice President, Teach for America
  • Julie Menin: Commissioner, New York City Department of Consumer Affairs
  • Eric Mindich: Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Eton Park Capital Management
  • Eric Mlyn: Assistant Vice Provost of Civic Engagement, Duke University
  • Agnieszka Nance: Director of the Center for Public Service, Tulane University
  • Tracy PalandjianCEO & Co-Founder, Social Finance
  • Shirley Sagawa: Co-founder, Service Year Exchange
  • Sonal Shaw: Executive Director, Beeck Center for Social Impact & Innovation at Georgetown University
  • Ian SimmonsBlue Haven Initiative
  • Dorothy Stoneman: ECO & Founder: YouthBuild USA, Inc.
  • Tammy Tai: Nonprofit Strategic Consultant