All our Harvard Forward candidates 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.
College '11 | Seattle, WA
John graduated from the College in 2011 with a degree in Economics and a secondary in Earth and Planetary Sciences. While at Harvard, he laid the groundwork for the group that later became Fossil Fuel Divest Harvard by co-founding the Harvard chapter of Students for a Just and Stable Future, and he served on Harvard’s Student Review Committee for the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Implementation. After graduation, he worked in impact investment with a focus on clean energy, earned an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management, and now works at Amazon, where he is a signatory of the Amazon Employees for Climate Justice public letter.
LISA BI HUANG
HKS '19 | San Francisco, CA
Lisa holds an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business, as well as a BS in Economics and BA in Journalism from Tsinghua University in Beijing. While at Harvard, Lisa was Executive Vice President of the Kennedy School Student Government – the first Asian person elected to the role – and a member of the Harvard Graduate School Leadership Initiative. She is the founding CFO of OZÉ and a management consultant at Bain & Co., with previous experience working for a sustainability VC fund and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. As a soon-to-be mother, Lisa is passionate about creating a habitable planet for future generations.
MARGARET (MIDGE) PURCE
College '17 | NYC/NJ
Margaret is a professional soccer player for Sky Blue FC and the US National Team. At Harvard, she was part of the Politics of Race and Ethnicity program at the Institute of Politics and received an AB in Psychology from the College. She serves as an advisor on gender equity and youth education initiatives for Coaches Across Continents (CAC), a global non-profit that uses soccer as a tool for the advancement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Through her work with sustainable development, Margaret has become even more committed to advocating for immediate and effective climate action.
College '08, HLS '16 | Washington, DC
Thea is a lawyer and policy lead at Civil Rights Corps, a national non-profit working to deprivatize and end systemic injustice within the American criminal-legal system. Outside of work, she spends her time on voter protection and policy activism, supporting indigenous and other communities on the front lines combating voter suppression. Thea holds an AB in Government from the College, where she co-founded the IOP Energy Policy Group, and a JD from Harvard Law School, as well as an MA from Hunter College and an MSc from Oxford University. Before becoming an attorney, Thea was a special educator in the South Bronx with Teach for America.
HSPH '19 | Atlanta, GA
Jayson is an environmental scientist and Program Analyst at the Environmental Protection Agency in Atlanta. He holds a BS from the University of Michigan’s Program in the Environment and a master’s degree in Environmental Health from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. While at Harvard, he was a Fellow of the Climate Leaders Program and served in various roles for the HSPH student government, the Harvard Graduate Council, and the Council for Student Sustainability Leaders. Additionally, Jayson is a Gates Millennium Scholar and has previously worked at the Center for Sustainable Energy and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center in Boston.