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Alumni Spotlight

Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education participants leave campus with valuable new skills, lifelong connections with peers from around the world, and a renewed sense of passion for their work. Alumni return to their countries and make meaningful changes and improvements in their communities, organizations, and lives.

Every other month, we highlight an alumnus and the incredible work they are doing to solve complex challenges and make the world a better place. If you would like to share your story, please email

March Alumni Spotlight

Harvard Kennedy School’s Office of Career Advancement is committed to connecting both alumni and current students through internships, policy analysis exercises, career networking, and other opportunities. Michael Drayne, a recent participant in the Driving Government Performance executive program, took advantage of these benefits, identifying opportunities for both himself and the School's students. Eager to connect his organization, Ginnie Mae, with talented scholars and new ideas, he has created an internship open to Kennedy School students for this coming summer. Drayne hopes to build on this experience, providing the interns with future opportunities for policy analysis exercises, additional internships, and even full-time jobs.

Join an Alumni Network, Create Lasting Connections

The Harvard Kennedy School alumni community offers its members many life-long benefits. Just ask Ned Shamon. After participating in the HKS Senior Executive Fellows program, Ned found that he missed the stimulating discussions and rewarding interaction with his peers. He began attending alumni events hosted by his local HKS New England chapter. Ned enjoyed the engagement so much, he increased his involvement with the group, and was recently elected to serve on its Board. “[At the Kennedy School], I learned as much from my conversations with classmates as I did from the formal lectures,” Ned stated. “Being active with other alumni keeps that learning alive.”

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“While studying at HKS, I learned and enjoyed as much from my discussions with fellow students as the formal lectures. After my studies, I really didn’t want to lose those intellectual interactions. So, I started attending some great alumni activities. Soon after, I applied and was very fortunate to be invited to join the board of my local association. I find that being active with fellow alumni keeps that learning and enjoyment alive. More importantly, it allows me to help create, propagate, and perpetuate my quality HKS experiences among alumni and, also, give-back to the larger community.

The New England Alumni Association provides truly vibrant programming, from larger events with speakers like David Gergen to smaller, intimate dinner discussions about today’s challenges for government and society. And the Association supports fantastic volunteer opportunities for the community, like Harvard Serves and providing tax preparation services for low income Bostonians. Currently, I volunteer my time with Community Action Partners, a collaboration among HKS and HBS alumni that provides pro-bono strategic consulting to area non-profits.

Whether you were a full-time post grad or an Executive Education student, like me, go find interesting and inspiring opportunities with your fellow alumni.”

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