MEET THE CANDIDATES
Harvard Forward is proud to support three outstanding recent alumnae who are committed to forward-looking advocacy on the Board of Overseers and can leverage their unique experiences at Harvard and beyond to inform their contributions on the Board.
Our 2021 candidates were chosen by a Candidate Selection Committee that included not only Harvard alumni but also students, faculty, and former staff members – groups that are just as much part of the Harvard community but are ineligible to participate in the election.
HSPH 2011 | HSPH 2018
Dr. Yvette Efevbera is a global health leader working to create a world where young people and women are healthy, happy, unafraid, and unapologetic. She holds a Bachelor of Arts, High Honor in International Relations from Michigan State University as well as a Master of Science in Global Health and a Doctor of Science in Population and Reproductive Health from the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health.
For more than a decade, Yvette has worked across academic, non-profit, and philanthropic spaces at the intersection of research, programs, and policy. She leads efforts to strengthen culturally-intentional programs and policies linking adolescents, youth, and gender, such as for those affected by girl child marriage, gender-based violence, HIV/AIDS, and other forms of vulnerability in sub-Saharan Africa and the Diaspora.
Yvette is passionate about creating spaces for underrepresented voices to be a part of decision-making for change. While at Harvard, Yvette served as a Resident Tutor in Cabot House and a Senior Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Fellow at HSPH. She is currently Advisor, Gender-Based Violence and Child Marriage, Gender Equality at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Megan Red Shirt-Shaw (Oglala Lakota) is an inspiring educator, writer, and researcher in Higher Education. She earned her Bachelor’s in English from the University of Pennsylvania and her Master's in Higher Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. During her time at Harvard, Megan was a HGSE Equity & Inclusion Fellow, co-chair of FIERCE: Future Indigenous Educators Resisting Colonial Education, and a student representative on HGSE's Dean's Advisory Committee for Equity and Diversity. She received the Intellectual Contribution Award for the Higher Education Program and was selected as HGSE's 2017 Convocation Student Speaker.
Megan has held positions in undergraduate admissions, college counseling, and student advising, and is currently the Director of Native Student Services at the University of South Dakota. She is also pursuing her PhD in Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development with a focus on Higher Education and a minor in American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota.
As the founder of Natives In America, an online literary publication for Native American, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian youth, Megan believes in empowering young people to use their voices for the issues they care about in their communities. A powerful speaker, she has presented at colleges and universities as well as conferences nationwide, advocating for greater Indigenous presence and commitment to Native student success in higher education.
Natalie Unterstell is a Brazilian climate policy, risks, and finance expert on a mission to shape public policies for low carbon, resilient, and sustainable development. She has experience working on climate policy at the international, national, and subnational levels, with a particular focus on protecting the Amazon rainforest and its Indigenous inhabitants.
Natalie holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from the Fundaçao Getulio Vargas in Brazil, as well as a Master’s in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and expert accreditation in Climate Adaptation Finance from the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management in Germany.
In addition to serving as a board member, advisor, or consultant to many international climate-focused efforts and organizations, she is the founder of multiple think tanks and policy advocacy groups focused on climate policy and gender equity in Brazilian politics. Before her time at Harvard she served as Head of Sustainable Development Programs for the Brazilian Presidency, Head of Climate Change and Forests at the Brazilian Ministry of the Environment, and as a negotiator for the Brazilian delegation to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.