Harvard Forward is a coalition of alumni, students, and faculty seeking to address both the symptoms and the causes of Harvard's insufficient response to the climate crisis.
We are working to elect 5 candidates to the Board of Overseers to move Harvard toward divesting from fossil fuels, committing more resources to climate-focused initiatives, including recent alumni into our governance, and giving a greater voice to students.
Harvard Forward emerged from widespread frustration that Harvard is falling behind in its response to the climate crisis when its affiliates have repeatedly called on the University to demonstrate leadership in the fight against climate change. Looking at the bigger picture, we noticed that the University is out of step with the people it is meant to serve because its governance structure excludes necessary perspectives. We want to change that.
We are a coalition of alumni, students, and faculty from all Harvard schools and a broad range of Harvard eras. What unites us is a sense of duty to hold the University to a higher standard, a desire to see Harvard become an indisputable leader in combating the climate crisis, and a conviction that more inclusive governance structures will benefit the institution and all of its affiliates. Anyone fighting to make Harvard a better place is our ally.
WHERE WE STARTED
WHO WE ARE
To expand the reach of Harvard Forward, our organizers founded The Boarding School, a non-profit organization with the mission of recruiting and training young people to serve on boards of organizations that directly impact their lives. While Harvard Forward is our focus through May 2020, the future holds exciting new possibilities to encourage more and more people to make their voices heard.
WHERE WE'RE GOING
MEET THE TEAM
Harvard Forward has built a team dedicated to running the best campaign possible. Meet our hardworking core team members!
Danielle co-founded Harvard Forward and now manages the campaign, orchestrating our effort to build a grassroots alumni movement that will get our candidates elected and hold Harvard to a higher standard for climate leadership and inclusive governance.
“I believe in Harvard Forward because I believe including more recent alumni in Harvard’s governance is essential to maintaining Harvard’s position as a world leader, especially when it comes to issues like addressing climate change.”
STRATEGY & POLICY ADVISOR
Nathán co-founded Harvard Forward and now advises the campaign on strategy and policy, leading the development of the campaign’s policy platform and collaborations with groups at Harvard and beyond that believe in the campaign’s mission.
“Responding to the climate crisis requires bold action and moral clarity from powerful institutions. That’s why we founded Harvard Forward – to use the power of democracy to make Harvard a leader in the fight against climate change.”
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Geordie organizes our volunteer efforts, oversees outreach to the community of over 300,000 Harvard alumni spread out across the globe, and plans domestic and international campaign events.
“I’m proud to be organizing with Harvard Forward to give a greater say to recent alumni in the governance of our institutions, especially at such a critical moment for climate activism.”
Elizabeth manages our communications with supporters and other campaign affiliates and coordinates our public relations efforts with media outlets, potential endorsers, partner organizations, and additional third parties.
“I share Harvard Forward’s vision for unlocking the moral leadership power of Harvard and its alumni to address today’s generational challenges of climate change and inclusive governance. Together, we can create positive change.”
David helps our leaders and candidates think through issues of strategic communication to all our varied constituencies. He also advises us on endorsements, media, fundraising, and key stakeholder relationships. And he'll edit anything fast at all hours of the day.
“Harvard likes to think it never divests for political reasons; but it did divest from companies supporting apartheid back in the '80s, and from tobacco companies in the '90s, and Harvard will also divest from fossil fuels. I expect it will take many more months of encouragement from folks like us."
Priten advises the campaign on non-profit finance and handles the campaign’s administrative work.
“I support Harvard Forward because Harvard needs to be held accountable and align its investments and governance with the interest of its faculty, staff, students, and alumni.”
BRAND & TECHNOLOGY
Katy designed the Harvard Forward brand, manages the Harvard Forward website, and oversees Harvard Forward’s database and technology systems.
“I was immediately compelled by the concept of Harvard Forward when I was introduced to the campaign; Harvard is obligated to respond to and reflect the demographics of its ‘constituents’ just like any governing body.”
Leah manages our social media content and leads our organizing efforts in Southern California.
“In addressing the indisputable environmental crisis, Harvard, one of the most prominent and respected institutions in the world, must demonstrate a deep commitment to its ideals not only in principle but in practice.”
READY TO JOIN US?
Are you a Harvard/Radcliffe degree holder from any of Harvard’s 12 schools? If so, you’re eligible to vote in the Board of Overseers election this spring. Commit to voting for all five Harvard Forward candidates while online voting is open (from April 1-May 19, 2020).