BOSTON — Harvard Business School graduates Zheng Huang (MBA 2005) and Marc Sternberg (MBA 2000) are among the 15 chosen to serve as White House Fellows for 2009-2010. Since 1964, over 600 outstanding American men and women have participated in the White House Fellows program, each chosen because of their extraordinary leadership ability and service to others.
Zheng Huang is a co-founder of Business Connect China, a provider of expert consultation, market intelligence, advisory services, and investments for the China market. Previously he was a managing director at Intel Corporation, responsible for its telecommunications business in China. Under his leadership, Intel struck a number of collaborations and partnerships in China that successfully charted a new path for long-term technology standards cooperation and intellectual property resolution between the United States and China. In addition to graduating from Harvard Business School with distinction, Huang holds an MS in computer science (elected President of Tau Beta Pi National Engineering Honors Society), a BS in industrial engineering, and a BA in economics from Stanford University. While at Stanford, where he was elected president of the Tau Beta Pi National Engineering Society, he founded the Stanford Society of Asian American Engineers (SSAAE), sending Stanford students to Asia to work with their university counterparts on entrepreneurial projects and selecting student leaders to participate in week-long summits to discuss high technology trends across the Pacific. Today, offshoots of SSAE have established chapters in 15 universities across 10 countries. Huang has lived and worked in Germany, Japan, India, and China and traveled to more than 40 countries.
Marc Sternberg is the founder and principal of the Bronx Lab School, a non-selective college preparatory school that serves 430 students from the Bronx and upper Manhattan. Founded in 2004, Bronx Lab has been called one of New York's high-profile new schools by The New York Times and has earned praise from, among others, the Gates Foundation, The Economist, and Education Week. The school graduated its second class of students in June. In a borough with a graduation rate of less than 40 percent, more than 90 percent of the Bronx Lab Classes of 2008 and 2009 have graduated, earning more than $4 million in scholarship aid and nearly four college acceptances per graduate. Bronx Lab alumni/ae attend Brandeis, Connecticut College, Middlebury, Syracuse, SUNY Binghamton, as well as numerous other colleges and universities. After earning a BA from Princeton University in 1995, Sternberg taught in the South Bronx for three years as a member of Teach for America. He then earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and a master's in education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education before returning to New York City as vice president of Victory Schools, an organization that launches and manages charter schools.
HBS Alumni and Former White House Fellows
The White House Fellows Program was created in 1964 by President Lyndon B. Johnson to give promising American leaders "first-hand, high-level experience with the workings of the Federal government, and to increase their sense of participation in national affairs." This unique position encourages active citizenship and service to the nation. The Fellows also take part in an education program designed to broaden their knowledge of leadership, policy formulation, military operations, and current affairs. Community service is another important component of the program, and Fellows participate in service projects throughout their year in the Washington, DC, area.
Selection as a White House Fellow is highly competitive and based on a record of remarkable professional achievement early in one's career, evidence of leadership potential, a proven commitment to public service, and the knowledge and skills necessary to contribute successfully at the highest levels of the Federal government. Throughout its history, the program has fostered leaders in many fields including Admiral Dennis Blair, Director of National Intelligence; former Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao; retired U.S. Army General Wesley Clark; former Secretary of State Colin Powell; CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta; U.S. Senator Sam Brownback; U.S. Representative Joe Barton; historian Doris Kearns Goodwin; former Travelocity CEO Michelle Peluso; former CNN Chairman and CEO Tom Johnson; former Univision President Luis Nogales; and U.S. Court of Appeals Judges M. Margaret McKeown and Deanell Tacha.
Founded in 1908 as part of Harvard University, Harvard Business School is located on a 40-acre campus in Boston. Its faculty of more than 200 offers full-time programs leading to the MBA and doctoral degrees, as well as more than 80 open enrollment Executive Education programs and more than 60 custom programs. For more than a century, HBS faculty have drawn on their research, their experience in working with organizations worldwide, and their passion for teaching to educate leaders who have shaped the practice of business and entrepreneurship around the globe.