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Announcing Fall 2022 Senior Leadership Fellows

We’re pleased to announce the appointment of three outstanding Menschel Senior Leadership fellows for the fall semester: Costa Rican Ambassador Roman Macaya, former Boston Mayor Kim Janey and former New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. All three will teach classes on leadership and public service, with a focus on navigating major challenges in public health. All three will also hold office hours and meet regularly with students and faculty.

Roman Macaya is a Costa Rican scientist, entrepreneur, diplomat, and public servant. Recently, he served as the executive president and chairman of the board of Costa Rican Social Security (CCSS), the institution that finances and provides universal public healthcare and manages the country’s largest pension fund. In this role, he led the healthcare response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Prior to leading the CCSS, Macaya served as Costa Rica’s ambassador to the United States from 2014 through 2018. As ambassador, Macaya promoted science diplomacy in fields such as biomedical research, space, water, and biodiversity. He also strengthened cooperation in security, migratory matters, environmental conservation, and the arts, in addition to supporting foreign investment. Macaya worked with the White House, State Department, Department of Homeland Security, and the U.S. Congress to strengthen Costa Rica´s capabilities in drug interdiction, resulting in the largest multi-year appropriations for Costa Rica in over 30 years.

Ambassador Macaya will teach a Fall 1 course titled “Public Health Leadership at National Scale: How a Pandemic, Innovation, and Diplomacy Strengthened a Health System”

Bill de Blasio served as the mayor of New York City from 2014 to 2021. He led New York City  through the Covid-19 pandemic, turning what was once a global epicenter into the safest city in the country. DeBlasio also led a groundbreaking initiative which ensured that early childhood education became a universal right in the five boroughs; that program has become a national model. During his tenure, New York City financed the preservation and construction of more than 200,000 affordable homes and launched a first-in-the nation, six-point action plan to end long-term homelessness. “The Journey Home” initiative was designed to increase access to housing and health care in combination with rapid-response outreach efforts for homeless individuals living in the streets. In fulfilling his campaign promise to end a “tale of two cities,” de Blasio implemented policies which successfully reduced income inequality among New Yorkers and fought alongside them to secure a $15 minimum wage for all workers. In response to the growing climate crisis, de Blasio and the Council passed the Climate Mobilization Act (also known as the NYC Green New Deal) to make the city net-carbon-neutral by 2050, as well as groundbreaking legislation to reduce building emissions and end fossil fuel use in new buildings. Before becoming mayor, de Blasio served as New York City’s public advocate from 2010 to 2013 and as a member of the City Council from 2002 to 2009.

Kim Michelle Janey made history when she was sworn in as Boston’s first woman and first Black mayor, successfully leading the city through a multitude of unprecedented challenges, including the COVID-19 pandemic. Prior to becoming mayor, Janey made history in 2017 when she was elected to the Boston City Council as the first woman to represent District 7. In 2020, she was elected by her peers to serve as president of the most diverse City Council in Boston’s history. She also has 25 years of experience in the nonprofit sector. A proud fourth-generation Roxbury resident, Janey comes from a long line of educators, entrepreneurs, artists, and advocates. She was raised with values that guide her to this day: the importance of education, the power of community organizing, and the fundamental principles of equity and justice. Janey will join us and teach a course in Fall 2.

The Senior Leadership Fellows Program offers a rare opportunity for those who have recently served in top-level positions in government, multilateral institutions, nonprofit organizations, industry, and journalism to spend time at the School mentoring and teaching students who aspire to similar roles.

Please join me in welcoming Ambassador Macaya, Mayor Janey, and Mayor de Blasio to the School.

Eric Andersen

Director, Senior Leadership Fellows Program and Studio Programming

August 24, 2022

Announcing Spring 2 2022 Senior Leadership Fellow, Dr. Kelechi Ohiri  

Dr. Kelechi Ohiri – Chief Executive Officer of the Health Strategy and Delivery Foundation (HSDF),  will be our Spring 2 Menschel Senior Leadership Fellow from March 21 -May 13, 2022. More information about his fellowship and the course he will teach can be found here.

February 9, 2022

Announcing Spring 1 2022 Senior Leadership Fellow, Mayor Stephen K. Benjamin

Mayor Stephen K. Benjamin, who served for more than a decade as mayor of Columbia, S.C.,  will be our Spring 1 Menschel Senior Leadership Fellow from January 24-March 11, 2022. More information about his fellowship and the course he will teach coming soon.

December 15, 2021

Announcing Fall 2 2021 Senior Leadership Fellow, Dr. Subramaniam Sathasivam

Dr. Subramaniam Sathasivam, Malaysian Minister of Health (2013-2018) and Minister of Human Resources of Malaysia (2008-2013), will be our Fall 2 Menschel Senior Leadership Fellow from Oct. 25-Dec. 17, 2021. More information about his fellowship and the course he will teach coming soon.

August 30, 2021

Announcing Fall 1 2019 Senior Leadership Fellow, Peter Shumlin

Joining us at Harvard Chan in the Fall 1 2019 term will be Peter Shumlin, US Governor of Vermont (2011-2017). More information about his fellowship and the course he will teach coming soon.

July 11, 2019

The Passing of Former Fellow, Frank Nyonator

The Senior Leadership Fellows Program is deeply saddened to hear of the death of Dr. Frank Kwadjo Nyonator, who served as a Brundtland Senior Leadership Fellow in 2014.  A public tribute by the African Health Economics and Policy Association can be found here.

October 3, 2018