ABOUT HARVARD FORWARD
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. The future holds exciting new possibilities to encourage more and more people to make their voices heard. We've already launched Yale Forward— tell all the Yalies you know!
WHERE WE'RE GOING
MEET THE TEAM
Harvard Forward was founded by recent alumni who want to see Harvard step up into a role of leadership to confront the many challenges we face.
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.”
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.”
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.”
Thank you to all the members of the Harvard community who devoted their time to making Harvard Forward 2019-2020 such a huge success, and especially:
Georgie Enoch '18, HGSE '19, Field Director
Shannon Beattie '20, Organizing Fellow
Lani Roberts '22, Communications Fellow
Leah Mohammadi '19, SoCal Regional Organizer
Katy Dolan '18, Brand Advisor
David Irons '68, Communications Advisor
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