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.

Meredith Fascett

Meredith Fascett

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

Michelle Fay

MPA '11; Oval Office '11
Vermont House of Representatives District 3
2012 — 2015
Ann Margaret Ferrante

Ann-Margaret Ferrante

MPA '18; Oval Office '17
Massachusetts State House Representative District 5
2009 — present
Tahra Goraya

Tahra Goraya

MC/MPA '19; Oval Office '19
Milton Town Meeting Member in Precinct 6
2019 — present
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Emma Greenman

MPA '09; Oval Office '06
Minnesota House of Representatives, District 63B
2021 — present
Heather Hamilton

Heather Hamilton

MPA '16; Oval Office '16
SelectBoard Member, Brookline Town Government
2017 — present
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September Hargrove

MPP '11; Oval Office '10
Board Member, Michigan Strategic Fund
2019 — present
Lynsey Heffernan

Lynsey Heffernan

MC/MPA '19; Oval Office '19
SelectBoard Member of the Shrewsbury School Committee
2019 — present
Decontee King Sackie

Decontee King-Sackie

MC/MPA '14; Oval Office '14
Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) Deputy Commissioner General for Technical Affairs
2014 — present
Angela Lagdameo

Angela Lagdameo

MPP '08; Oval Office '07
Chief Innovation Officer and Deputy Chief Administrative Officer, Howard County Government
2018 — present
Sapana Pradhan Malla

Sapana Pradhan Malla

MC/MPA '14; Oval Office '14
Committee Against Torture (CAT) Member, Nepal
2014 — 2017
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Michelle Monsegur

MPP '14; Oval Office '13
Assistant Town Administrator, Town of Hingham, MA
2018 — present
Clare O'Neil

Clare O'Neil

MPP '08; Oval Office '08
Parliament of Australia Member for Hotham/Shadow Minister for Justice; Shadow Minister for Financial Services
2013 — present; 2016 — present; 2018 — present
Joanna Penn

Joanna Penn

MPP '15; Oval Office '15
Deputy Chief of Staff and Special Adviser to Theresa May
2016 — 2019
Brune Poirson

Brune Poirson

MPA'17; Oval Office '17
Vaucluse Representative at the French National Assembly (Member of Parliament)/Minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition Secretary of State
2017 — present