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The Fellows Program represents a unique opportunity for political practitioners with diverse experiences and viewpoints to spend a semester at Harvard.  Fellows lead a not-for-credit study group, participate in Institute activities, and engage in informal interchange with students and faculty. The Fellows Program is central to the Institute's dual commitment to encourage student interest in public life and to develop ways for the academic and political communities to learn from each other.

The following Resident Fellows will join the Institute for the spring semester and lead weekly study groups on a range of topics.

In addition, the Institute will host visiting fellows.  Visiting Fellows traditionally meet with student groups; lead discussion groups on topical issues and their experiences in public and political service; and participate in public policy classes with students and Harvard University faculty. 

To see the full biographies of the Fellows click on the listed names. 

 

Current Fellows

Kristen Soltis Anderson is a Republican researcher and strategist and a columnist at The Daily Beast. She previously served as Vice President of The Winston Group, a Washington DC-based opinion research and political communications firm where she spent eight years studying emerging trends in politics and policy. She is currently working on a book about what data will mean for the 2016 election and beyond for Broadside Books, an imprint of HarperCollins, due for publication in the spring of 2015.

Valerie Biden Owens is one of the first women in the United States to have managed a modern U.S. Senatorial campaign, as well as a Presidential campaign. Mrs. Biden Owens has led every campaign in her brother Joe Biden’s political career, including his seven straight U.S. Senate victories and his run for two Democratic Presidential nominations. She also has been his principal surrogate on the campaign trail.
When Valerie is not managing or advising the Vice President's campaigns, she serves as Executive Vice President of Joe Slade White and Company, a media consulting firm in the United States.

Frank Fahrenkopf, Jr. was president and CEO of the American Gaming Association (AGA). In his role as the chief executive of the AGA, Fahrenkopf was the national advocate for the commercial casino industry. Fahrenkopf gained national prominence during the 1980s when he served as the chairman of the Republican Party for six of the President Reagan’s eight years in the White House (1983-1989). He presently is co-chairman of the Commission on Presidential Debates, which conducts the general election presidential and vice presidential debates in presidential election years.

Christine Gregoire served as Washington’s 22nd governor and was a tireless champion for the people of the state, their livelihoods and the communities in which they reside. On a platform of improving the education system, creating family-wage jobs, protecting the environment and streamlining state government, then-Attorney General Gregoire was first elected in 2004 by a bare margin of 133 votes. Nonetheless, she swiftly embarked on policy courses that defined her administration and was re-elected by a large margin in 2008.

Anton J. Gunn is the Founder & President of the 937 Strategy Group, LLC, a consulting firm based in Washington, DC. 937 Strategy Group provides consulting services to help visionaries capitalize on the financial opportunities arising from healthcare reform. Previously, he served as a senior official in the Obama Administration as the Director of External Affairs at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), where he advised President Barack Obama and Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on public engagement strategies to introduce Main Street to the Affordable Care Act. Mr. Gunn served as an elected leader in the South Carolina House of Representatives.

Phil Kent was recently chairman and chief executive officer of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.(TBS, Inc.) from the beginning of 2003 until the end of 2013. He was responsible for a portfolio of news, entertainment and animation, young adult & kids networks and businesses including CNN/U.S., CNN International, CNN.com and HLN; TBS, TNT, Turner Classic Movies and truTV; Cartoon Network and Adult Swim; and Turner Sports. Globally, Turner Broadcasting operates more than 130 channels in some 30 languages in more than 200 countries.