IOP Friends and Family:
I am writing to let you know I have decided to resign my position as the IOP’s Director effective as of June 30, 2014, the end of this academic year.
Writing this note is bittersweet because being the IOP’s Director has been a real joy on so many levels, but with one daughter finishing 8th grade and another finishing 5th grade, the time has come for me to find my next great opportunity.
During my time at the IOP, I am proud that we have fully embraced a new digital strategy that has improved our reach to people off campus and around the world. In addition, we are incorporating more students into our efforts to foster youth participation in politics by expanding the number of colleges and universities within our National Campaign for Political and Civic Engagement and increasing student interaction and involvement throughout the Campaign.
We have expanded and improved our Internships and Career Services office so that we can better assist those Harvard students who are inspired to pursue politics or public service to actually end up in those fields. And we are starting to better connect with our alumni to improve our programming. The proof of our success is the record number of students who want to be involved with the IOP each semester.
The IOP’s mission – serving as a bridge between the academic and political worlds and inspiring students, particularly undergraduates, to pursue careers in politics and public service – is as important today as it was at its founding in 1966.
As an alumnus and former IOP student leader, it has been an honor and a pleasure to serve, and I will always be grateful for the opportunity to have worked alongside such committed and talented students, staff and our Senior Advisory Committee to achieve the IOP’s goals. I look forward to staying involved and engaged with the Institute and Harvard in whatever capacity I can.