2019 Speakers

2019 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.

2019 Alumni Morning Program Speaker: Archon Fung

Archon Fung is the Winthrop Laflin McCormack Professor of Citizenship and Self-Government at the Harvard Kennedy School. His research explores policies, practices, and institutional designs that deepen the quality of democratic governance. He focuses upon public participation, deliberation, and transparency. He co-directs the Transparency Policy Project and leads democratic governance programs of the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Kennedy School. His books include Full Disclosure: The Perils and Promise of Transparency (Cambridge University Press, with Mary Graham and David Weil) and Empowered Participation: Reinventing Urban Democracy (Princeton University Press). He has authored five books, four edited collections, and over fifty articles appearing in professional journals. He received two S.B.s — in philosophy and physics — and his Ph.D. in political science from MIT.

Big Public Service Ideas

Big Public Service Ideas peakers give TEDTalk-style presentations on how their innovative public service models are creating impact and empowering communities.

Meera Atreya AB '09, Associate, SYSTEMIQ

Meera works on sustainability at SYSTEMIQ. She was formerly a consultant and Social
Responsibility Fellow at McKinsey. Meera received an AB cum laude from Harvard in 2009
and a PhD in chemistry (chemical biology) from UC Berkeley in 2015. She lives in London.

David Harris PhD '92, Managing Director, Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice at Harvard Law School

David has been the managing director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice at Harvard Law School since 2006. In this position he has overseen the development of the institute’s programs, including the Houston/Marshall Plan for Community Justice, which seeks to rebuild our cities in the aftermath of the war on crime and war on drugs. The project proceeds from the recognition that the voices of those residing in our communities must be at the center of policy design and implementation. Prior to his current position, David was the founding executive director of the Fair Housing Center of Greater Boston. He has worked with the HUD Office of Fair Housing and the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights in Washington, D.C., as well as Massachusetts. He holds a PhD in sociology from Harvard University and a BA, also in sociology, from Georgetown University. David currently serves as Chair of the Massachusetts Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and Vice Chair of the Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry.

Michael Rosenbaum AB '94, JD '98, Chief Executive Officer, Arena

Michael founded two companies, Catalyte and Arena, which apply artificial intelligence to the labor market with the goal of attacking implicit bias based on race, class, and gender. Catalyte identifies and deploys software engineers who are exceptional but are undervalued.

Jessica Tang AB '04, EdM '06, President, Boston Teachers Union

Jessica is President of the Boston Teachers Union, representing 10,000 active and retired
educators. She is a co-founder of the Teacher Activist Group-Boston and serves as a board member for several civic and labor groups including Citizens for Public Schools and the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance.  As a teacher-activist, she has been involved in many different community organizations that are working to advance racial, social and economic justice. Jessica is also serving a three-year term on the New England Federal Reserve Advisory Board.

Jake Viola MPP '18, Director of Strategic Innovation, Office of the Governor, Massachusetts

Jake is Director of Strategic Innovation in the Office of Governor Baker. Born and raised
in Maine, Jake comes from a family of commercial fishermen.  He previously captained an ice cream boat business, Jake on the Lake, and worked as a consultant at Deloitte.