About The Leadership Council


The HSPH Leadership Council was established in 2003 to convene a diverse group of individuals who share the School’s dedication to the field of public health and who have volunteered to serve as ambassadors and advocates on behalf of HSPH and the cause of public health around the globe. The Council brings a broad range of influence and expertise to HSPH. Members are business leaders, philanthropists, high-ranking public health officials and practitioners, alumni, and media figures.



Leadership Council members are appointed to three-year terms that are renewable. Members are expected to:

Participate in the Leadership Council’s annual meeting and regional events
Council members gather for an annual meeting at which they hear from faculty about specific projects and from Dean Julio Frenk and other School and Harvard University leaders on the state of the School and plans for the upcoming year. Regional receptions for members and potential members are held in various cities throughout the year and provide an intimate setting for networking and meeting HSPH faculty and students.

Serve as ambassadors to promote the School’s work
Council members are called upon to help the School build key relationships with individuals, groups, and organizations that support the School’s mission of improving health worldwide.

Give to the School and encourage philanthropy in others
Council members are personally philanthropic to the School and make annual contributions to support our mission. Many Council members also support the Dean’s top fundraising priority—financial aid—and participate in the annual Fellowship Celebration, which honors leadership donors to student aid. Members also host cultivation events, give presentations, make introductions to potential new Council members, and participate in public discussions of the School’s work.