Alumnae Serving in Government

The year 2021 marks 17 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 750 Harvard graduate students and affiliates from over 60 countries to run for political office. Below are profiles of 54 Oval Office alumnae, representing 11 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
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
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Natalie Black

MPP '11; Oval Office '10
Her Majesty's Trade Commissioner for Asia Pacific
2018 — present
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
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
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Tania Del Rio

MPP '16; Oval Office '15
Executive Director for the Mayor's Office of Women's Advancement, City of Boston
2018 — 2021
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 Headshot

Orit Farkash-Hacohen

MPA '07; Oval Office '07
Minister of Science, Technology and Space, Knesset (Supreme Unicameral National Legislature of Israel)
2021 — present
Orit Farkash-Hacohen

Orit Farkash-Hacohen

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

Meredith Fascett

MPP '05; Oval Office '05
Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner, Capitol Riverfront Neighborhood
2014 — 2018
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