Public Interested Conference

The 2019 Public Interested Conference will take place on Saturday, February 2nd, 2019. Speaker biographies will be posted in mid-January.  Students can register using this link. Alumni can register using this link.

Public Interested is a collaborative event coordinated by the Phillips Brooks House Center for Public Service & Engaged Scholarship. This day-long conference is designed to allow students to explore varied public interest careers and network with alumni in those fields. Alumni and students have the opportunity to hear from inspiring speakers, interact with other alumni, participate in engaging activities, and meet peers who share a passion for public service.

The entirety of the conference will take place in the Harvard University Science Center. The Alumni Reception after the conference will take place in the Phillips Brooks House.

9:00 AM–10:00 AM: Alumni Registration & Coffee
10:00 AM–11:30 AM: Alumni Program
11:30 PM–12:00 PM: Student Registration
12:00 PM–1:00 PM: Alumni-Student Luncheon
1:00 PM–2:00 PM: Keynote Address with Michael H. Brown
1:40 PM–2:00 PM: Run-through of the Conference
2:00 PM–3:00 PM: Panel Discussions
3:00 PM–4:00 PM: Big Ideas in Public Service
4:00 PM–5:00 PM: Networking Reception @ Science Center
5:30 PM–7:00 PM: Alumni Reception @ Phillips Brooks House


Michael Brown AB ’83, JD ’88 announced as 2019 Public Interested Conference Keynote Speaker


Michael Brown


Michael Brown (@MBrownCY) is CEO and Co-Founder of City Year, an education-focused nonprofit organization that mobilizes idealistic young people for a year of service in high-need schools and promotes the concept of voluntary national service as means of building a stronger democracy.
This year more than 3,000 City Year AmeriCorps members are helping to address the nation's high school dropout crisis and turnaround low performing schools by serving as full-time tutors, mentors and role models in high-need schools in 29 U.S. cities. City Year also has affiliates in South Africa and the UK. Through its national initiative, "In School and On Track: A National Challenge," City Year aims to significantly increase the urban graduation pipeline in America. 
City Year served as an inspiration for AmeriCorps, the federal initiative through which more than one million Americans have served their country. City Year has 30,000 alumni who have contributed more than 50 million hours of service and earned access to more than $100 million in college scholarships through the AmeriCorps National Service Trust. 

For his work developing City Year and advancing the national service movement, Michael has been awarded the Reebok Human Rights Award, Independent Sector’s John W. Gardner Leadership Award and has been named one of America’s Best Leaders by US News & World Report as well as an Executive of the Year and member of The Power and Influence Top 50 by The NonProfit Times.
Michael is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, where he served as an editor of the Harvard Law Review. He currently serves on Harvard’s Board of Overseers. Prior to co-founding City Year, Michael served as a legislative assistant to then Congressman Leon Panetta and as a clerk for Federal Judge Stephen Breyer.


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.