Each semester Harvard's Institute of Politics brings in a new class of diverse, accomplished practitioners from politics and public service to interact and engage with Harvard University students and the Cambridge community. Resident Fellows live on campus for the semester and hold weekly "study groups" where attendees are given the opportunity to learn from and discuss current topics with Fellows and Fellows' guests. We are so excited to announce our Fall 2013 class of Fellows.
William "Mo" Cowan
William "Mo" Cowan was appointed to the United States Senate by Governor Deval L. Patrick on February 1, 2013, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of John F. Kerry. Senator Cowan served until July 16, 2013 on which date he was succeeded by Edward J. Markey, winner of the special election in which Senator Cowan was not a candidate. Senator Cowan served as a member of the Senate Agriculture, Commerce, and Small Business Committees. Senator Cowan also chaired the Subcommittee on Nutrition, Specialty Crops, Food and Agricultural Research. Governor Patrick most recently appointed Senator Cowan to co-chair the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Military Asset and Security Strategy Task Force.
Follow Senator Cowan on Twitter @mocowan.
Ginny Hunt is a Strategy Principal at Google, where she focuses on civic innovation. She also leads Google’s Politics & Elections team, which works around the world to spur civic engagement, open societies and free expression through the political process and across digital platforms. Ginny was an early member of Google’s Washington office and the founder of Google’s Public Sector Product and Engineering team. She advises startups, political leaders and nonprofits on how to develop digital strategies for political change.
Follow Ginny Hunt on Twitter @ginnyhunt.
Sasha Issenberg is a journalist and author of The Victory Lab: The Secret Science of Winning Campaigns, published in 2012 by Crown, an imprint of Random House. The book, which Politico called “Moneyball for politics,” explores the analytical revolution — involving randomized-control trials borrowed from the academic social sciences and statistical-model and data-mining techniques inspired by corporate marketing — that have upended the practice of 21st-century electioneering. After reading The Victory Lab, Richard Ben Cramer, author of What It Takes, called Issenberg “our most acute observer of the modern political campaign.”
Follow Sasha Issenberg on Twitter @sissenberg.
Karen Gordon Mills was sworn in as the 23rd Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) in April of 2009 after being appointed by President Barack Obama and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate. She has served in the President’s Cabinet since January of 2012. As part of the Cabinet, Administrator Mills is a key member of the President’s economic leadership team, reflecting the important role that small businesses and entrepreneurs play in our nation’s long-term economic growth and global competitiveness.
Beth Myers has a long history of involvement in public issues and campaigns. Most recently, she served as a Senior Advisor for Mitt Romney's 2012 presidential race and before that served as his Chief of Staff through all four years of the Romney governorship. She previously worked as a litigation associate at Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld LLP in Dallas, Texas. Starting on the 1980 Reagan campaign, Myers has worked for a slew of candidates. Working for Market Opinion Research, she developed and implemented GOTV campaigns in California, Texas, Massachusetts, Louisiana and Missouri.
Ana Navarro was born in Nicaragua. In 1980, as a result of the Sandinista revolution, she and her family immigrated to the United States. Ms. Navarro is a graduate of the University of Miami. In 1993, she obtained her Bachelor in Arts with Majors in Latin American Studies and Political Science. She obtained a Juris Doctorate in 1997. She has expertise on Latin American and Hispanic issues. She served as the National Co-Chair of John McCain’s Hispanic Advisory Council and was a national surrogate for the McCain 2008 campaign. She has played a role in several Federal and State races in Florida. Most recently, she served as National Hispanic Co-Chair for Gov. Jon Huntsman’s 2012 Campaign. She is a political contributor at CNN and CNN en Español.
Follow Ana on Twitter @ananavarro.
In addition, the Institute is pleased to host Hilda L. Solis, former U.S. Labor Secretary (2009-13) and U.S. Representative (CA-32nd, D; 2001-09) and Antonio Villaraigosa, two-term mayor of Los Angeles (2005-13) as Visiting Fellows.