22 May 2024

Harvard Business School Announces 2024-25 Leadership Fellows


BOSTON—Harvard Business School has announced the 2024-2025 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. Since 2003, it has placed over 300 fellows at organizations such as the City of Boston Mayor’s Office, Harlem Children’s Zone, Equal Justice Initiative, Mercy Corps, and Whitney Museum of American Art.

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.

“The Leadership Fellows are a group of extraordinary graduating MBAs who are seeking to learn from and have immediate impact on some of the most dynamic organizations tackling society’s important problems,” said Shawn Cole, John G. McLean Professor of Business Administration in the Finance Unit, and chair of the Social Enterprise Initiative. “They embody HBS’s mission: to educate leaders who make a difference in the world. Past experience shows some will stay with their organization for the long run, and others will move onto leadership positions across the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. All will bring with them the valuable perspectives gained from their time as Leadership Fellows, and will, over the course of their careers, continue to contribute in a variety of meaningful ways to society.“

The 2024-25 cohort will work at a wide range of organizations across fields like education, healthcare, impact investing, and the public sector. They are as follows:

AUDREY ATENCIO, Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation
NABIG CHAUDHRY, Probable Futures
ARACELLI CHOCANO, Whitney Museum of American Art
LILIAN DODD, Environmental Defense Fund
WILLIAM DONG, Hebrew SeniorLife
ERIC HORNE, Megafire Action
JOEL HURD, City of Detroit
SEBASTIAN NEGRON-REICHARD, City of Boston Mayor's Office
ALAN NEIDER, City of Cambridge
MICHELLE OKEREKE, The Juilliard School
MARINA OSBORN, Bridges Outcomes Partnerships
NIKI PATEL, New York City Public Schools
CATALINA PICCATO, Whitney Museum of American Art
ADI RAU, The World Bank Group
AMY SHAN, Harlem Children's Zone
JENNY YEUNG, Merit America
MARGOT ZUCKERMAN, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority

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) Fund, 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.