Alumnae Serving in Government

The year 2020 marks 16 years since the inception of the “From Harvard Square to the Oval Office: A Political Campaign Practicum” (Oval Office). To date, Oval Office has trained over 700 Harvard graduate students and affiliates from over 64 countries to run for political office. Below are profiles of 70 Oval Office alumnae, representing 21 countries, who are known to have served in elected, appointed, or high-level public leadership positions.

Jessica Altman

Jessica Altman

MPA '14; Oval Office '14
Pennsylvania Commissioner of Insurance
2017 — present
Andress Appolon

Andress Appolon

MPP '07; Oval Office '07
Inter-American Development Bank Senior Counselor to Haiti
2014 — present
Melissa Bender

Melissa Bender

MPP '17; Oval Office '17
Chief of Staff, Delegate Debra M. Davis, Maryland House of Delegates
2019 — present
Jennifer Benson

Jennifer Benson

MPA '16; Oval Office '15
Massachusetts House of Representatives District 37; Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Joint Chair
2008 — present; 2017 — present
Al Anood Bin Kalli

Al Anood Bin Kalli

MPA '15; Oval Office '15
Prime Minister's Office Strategies and Innovation Sector Advisor; Ministry of Cabinet Affairs Public Diplomacy Office Strategic Studies Division Advisor
2018 — present; 2016 — 2017
Ethel Branch

Ethel Branch

MPP, J.D. '08; Oval Office '06
Attorney General, Navajo Nation
2015 — 2019
Stefani Carter

Stefani Carter

MPP, J.D. '05; Oval Office '05
Texas House of Representatives District 102
2013 — 2015
Cielo V. Castro

Cielo V. Castro

MPA '09; Oval Office '09
Board of Fire and Police Pension Commissioners; Board of Commissioners Member of the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles
2014 — 2018; 2017
Sharon Clarke

Sharon Clarke

MC/MPA '13; Oval Office '12
New York City Civil Court Judge
2014 — present
Shanieve Criss

Shaniece Criss

MC/MPA '16, Sc.D. '15; Oval Office '13
Travelers Rest City Council Member
2018 — present
Amelie de Montchalin

Amelie de Montchalin

MPA '14; Oval Office '14
National Assembly 6th Constituency of Essonne Representative; Whip of La Republique En Marche! at the National Assembly's Finance Committee/Secretary of State for European Affairs
2017; 2017 — 2018; 2019 — present
Lori Ehrlich

Lori A. Ehrlich

MC/MPA '05; Oval Office '05
Massachusetts State House Representative District 8
2009 — present
Nancy Chaires

Nancy Chaires Espinoza

MPP '06; Oval Office '06
Elk Grove Unified School District Board of Education Representative Area 6; President, Elk Grove Unified School District Board of Education
2016 — present; 2017
Orit Farkash-Hacohen

Orit Farkash-Hacohen

MPA '07; Oval Office '07
Israeli Public Utilities Authority (PUA) Chairperson and General Director
2011 — 2016
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