24 May 2023

Harvard Business School Announces 2023-24 Leadership Fellows


BOSTON—Harvard Business School has announced the 2023-2024 cohort of its Leadership Fellows Program. The program is based on University Professor Michael Porter’s vision of developing a network of HBS graduates with cross-sector experience who are committed to addressing societal issues throughout their careers. For over 20 years, it has placed 267 fellows at organizations such as the City of Boston Mayor’s Office, Harlem Children’s Zone, Equal Justice Initiative, Mercy Corps, Whitney Museum of Art, and the U.S. Department of Education.

Photo courtesy Susan Young.

Through their participation, graduating students—also known as fellows—are offered once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to experience high-impact management positions in nonprofit and public sector organizations for one year at a competitive salary. At the same time, the hiring organizations leverage the experience, energy, and strategic and analytical skills of MBAs in roles that produce immediate results and build long-term capacity.

"This program gives a group of highly skilled graduating MBAs first-hand experience working with organizations who are tackling some of society’s toughest challenges,” said Kash Rangan, Baker Foundation Professor and Malcolm P. McNair Professor of Marketing, Emeritus, and co-chairman of the Social Enterprise Initiative. “HBS educates leaders who make a difference in the world, and as the Leadership Fellows grow in their careers, their time with these organizations will have an enduring impact as they encounter critical decisions across the private, public, and nonprofit sectors.”

After completing the program, fellows have shared that their participation was critical to their ongoing development as leaders who make a difference in the world.

The 2023-24 cohort will work at a wide range of organizations across fields like education, healthcare, impact investing, and the public sector. They are as follows:

DEEP BISWAS, Boston Planning & Development Agency
TIM CHO, Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation
ED CORDELL, The Juilliard School
AFROZA DAMJI, MassChallenge
LIZA GAYLORD, Boston Ballet
NINA HARSTAD, Equal Justice Initiative
ALEJANDRO MOLINA, the White House National Economic Council
RACHEL OROL, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
SAMI PAL, Coney Island Prep
BRITTANY PECK, The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research
NATHAN ROSIN, City of Boston - Office of the Mayor
TARYN STAMPER, The Nature Conservancy
MIMI VERDONK, OneTen Coalition, Inc.
RYAN WARREN, Harlem Children’s Zone
CAROLINE ZHENG, City of Cambridge
CONNIE ZUO, Whitney Museum of American Art

Hear from the fellows in their own words about why they are excited about their upcoming opportunities.

Harvard Business School is grateful for the generosity of donors who have been vital to the HBS Leadership Fellows Program: James A. Attwood Jr. (MBA 1984) Fellowship, David J. Dunn (MBA 1961) Fellowship, Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation/Richard L. Menschel (MBA 1959) Endowment, Richard Lumpkin (MBA 1963) Dean’s Discretionary Fund, Margaret T. Morris Foundation Endowment, Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Foundation Fellowship, Michael E. Porter (MBA 1971) Service Leadership Fellowship, and John C. Whitehead (MBA 1947) Fellowship for Not-for-Profit Management.


Mark Cautela

About Harvard Business School

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 250 offers full-time programs leading to the MBA and PhD degrees, as well as more than 175 Executive Education programs, and Harvard Business School Online, the School’s digital learning platform. For more than a century, faculty have drawn on their research, their experience in working with organizations worldwide, and their passion for teaching, to educate leaders who make a difference in the world. The School and its curriculum attract the boldest thinkers and the most collaborative learners who will go on to shape the practice of business and entrepreneurship around the globe.