Public Interested Conference

The 6th annual Public Interested Conference happening on Saturday, January 28th in the Science Center at Havard College will provide students with a unique opportunity to explore public interest opportunities with the help of alumni serving in the public interest sector. 

It is designed for students to explore varied public interest careers and network with alumni in those fields. Students have the opportunity to hear from inspiring speakers, interact with incredible alumni, participate in engaging activities & meet peers who share a passion for public service

During last year's conference, there were over 200 alumni serving in public interest careers who offered advice to over 300 students who attended the event.There were approximately 15 incredible speakers who were tasked with sharing their big ideas and visions in the field of public service. This year, we are proud to announce Tara Houska, tribal rights attourney and National Campaigns Director of Honor the Earth, as the 2017 Public Interested Keynote Speaker. Our conference will take place on January 28th at Harvard College. See you there!

Out of Town Guests: Discounted hotel rooms for conference participants are available at the Harvard Square Hotel. Call (617) 864-5200 and use reference code #515464

Click here to register for the conference on Saturday, January 28th. 


Tara Houska announced as 2017 Public Interested Conference Keynote Speaker

Tara Houska is citizen of Couchiching First Nation and a tribal rights attorney based in Washington, D.C. She is founding board

Tara Houska is Ojibwe from Couchiching First Nation. She is the National Campaigns Director of Honor the Earth, a tribal rights attorney, a co-founder of Not Your Mascots, and served as Native American advisor to the Bernie Sanders campaign. Tara is involved in advocacy on a broad spectrum of issues facing indigenous communities, with a focus on environmental justice, protection of sacred sites, and institutional racism. Her experience ranges from grassroots organizing to working for the White House Council on Environmental Quality and lobbying on Capitol Hill.

She frequently appears on media outlets such as CNN and MSNBC and contributes regularly to the Guardian, Huffington Post, and Indian Country Today to elevate the conversation about extractive industries, destruction of indigenous lands, religious rights, cultural appropriation, and police brutality. A born and raised Minnesotan now based in Washington, D.C., Tara earned a Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Minnesota.


Public Interested is a collaborative conference with the support of the Center for Public Interest Careers, Harvard Alumni Association, Harvard Global Health Institute, Harvard Varsity Club, Institute of Politics, Office of Career Services, Office for Sustainability, Phillips Brooks House Association, Public Service Network, and Undergraduate Council with coordination provided by the Phillips Brooks House Center for Public Service & Engaged Scholarship.