VP AL GORE

Former U.S. Vice President

Former Overseer

College '69

“Harvard University has a moral imperative to stop financing the destruction of human civilization’s future. Young voices are calling for change, and Harvard should listen. Please join me in voting for all of the Harvard Forward Five."

SENATOR TIM WIRTH

Former U.S. Senator, CO

President Emeritus, The United Nations Foundation

College '61, HGSE '65

“I hope that you join me in voting for these five candidates for the Board of Overseers.”

DONNA LIEBERMAN

Executive Director, New York Civil Liberties Union

(Institutional affiliation for identification only)

College '70

"I wholeheartedly support the Harvard Forward Five. Given the existential threat of climate change, Harvard's fossil-fuel investments need to find their way quickly to sustainable alternatives. I believe universities that know how to listen to younger alumni tend to make better decisions."

RON KLAIN

Lecturer, Harvard Law School

Former White House Ebola Czar

HLS '87

“An impressive group of young leaders trying to bring change to Harvard.”

PETER KALMUS

Climate Scientist, NASA

College '96, GSAS '97

"It will be a relief to me when my alma mater finally gets on the right side of history, as it surely will sooner or later. It has been painful and disheartening to see Harvard fighting so hard for the deadly fossil fuel status quo, instead of for the future of humanity and of all life on this planet."

TODD GITLIN

Professor of Journalism and Sociology, Columbia University

College '63

"The Harvard Forward Five stand for Veritas. How fine it is to have a grand slate to vote for in the Overseer election."

NATALIE UNTERSTELL

Former UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Negotiator

Councillor, Brazilian Presidential Climate Change Forum

HKS '16

"Let's put Harvard on the right side of history: please join me in voting for the Harvard Forward five candidates to the Board of Overseers."

ANDREW DESSLER

Professor of Atmospheric Sciences, Texas A&M University

GSAS '90, '94

"Harvard taught me to be a scientific leader on environmental issues, so it has been disheartening to see them abdicate leadership in the climate debate. That's why I am so happy to support Harvard Forward and help put Harvard on the right side of history."

PETER GABEL

Former President, New College of California

Editor-at-Large, Tikkun Magazine

College '68, HLS '72

"Let us seize upon the sense of our commonality and our connection to Nature created by the coronavirus to do all that we can to address the danger of Climate Change and support Harvard's divestment from fossil fuels."

P. GEOFFREY FEISS

Provost Emeritus, College of William and Mary

GSAS '71

"There is no more urgent issue than decreasing fossil fuel consumption. As the world looks to Harvard for leadership, divestment becomes a significant moral statement."

ANDREA WELLS

Director of Facilitator Professional Learning and Outreach, NGSX

HGSE '10

"Harvard has a responsibility to be a leader in divesting from fossil fuels. Harvard Forward is doing great, efficient work to make this happen. We absolutely can't wait."

ANNE CARMAN MAY

Delaware Township Board of Education (New Jersey)

College '94

"Divestment is key to lowering the share prices of fossil fuel companies. Please join me in voting for Harvard Forward candidates."

DR. AVIK CHATTERJEE

Physician, Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program

College '02, HSPH '15

"Harvard can no longer shy away its responsibility to use its resources and persuasive power to confront the crisis of this generation: climate change."

REV. FRED SMALL

Minister for Climate Justice

Arlington Street Church, Boston

HDS '99

"At the rate things are going, Harvard will probably appoint a committee to study divestment once Harvard Yard is underwater on a sunny day. Let's accelerate that timetable."

PETER de MENOCAL

Director, Center for Climate and Life

Thomas Alva Edison/ConEd Professor, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Columbia University

Columbia Ph.D. '92

“The scientific, ethical, and fiscal imperatives for fossil-fuel divestment have never been clearer. Harvard Forward will get the job done and lead the way for other institutional endowments.”

BOB BENSON

Chairman, Professional Assist Corporation

College '64, HBS '66

"Institutions that become ingrown, particularly those whose governing processes are insular and essentially self-perpetuating, strongly benefit from fresh perspectives."

GEORGE SCIALABBA

Essayist and Critic

College '69

"Why do great institutions, like great democracies, so rarely get the leaders they deserve? Here at last is our chance to put wisdom, imagination, and daring at the helm of our beloved university."

KATHA POLLITT

Poet, Essayist, Critic

College '71

"I support the Harvard Forward Five with all my heart. Harvard should lead the way on fighting climate change. What is knowledge for if not to avert the oncoming disaster?"

MIKE M. McMAHON

Sr. Communications Manager, Institute for Sustainability & Energy at Northwestern University

HKS '13

"Harvard taught me that bold leadership is required to solve the most pressing challenges. I can think of no challenge that is more pressing."

NADINE B. HACK

CEO, beCause Global Consulting

Senior Advisor, Global Citizens Circle

MC-MPA HKS '87

“I support Harvard Forward that promotes climate-focused initiatives and encourages voting progressive alumni onto Overseers to advance a more just, equitable and sustainable world."

JENNIFER NIELSON

Senior Nutrition Advisor, Helen Keller Intl

College '82

"I work with many in low income countries who will pay the highest price yet have contributed the least to this calamity. We must demand moral action."

CALLIE HANCOCK

Director of Business & Marketing for Historic Building Architects

College '77

"Harvard is a leader in preparing students for the future, and Harvard Forward wants that future to be worth living in."

EDUARDO A. GONZALEZ

Legal Analyst, Prospective Law Student

College '18

"It's time for Harvard's money to match Harvard's morals. We must divest—now."

MAGGIE SHIPSTEAD

Novelist and Travel Writer

College '05

"We depend on the natural world and each other. Harvard has an opportunity to defend our future and a responsibility to take it."

SAMARTH GUPTA

Rhodes Scholar

Truman Scholar

College '18

"Each day Harvard fails to act, the consequences of climate change grow and the pathways to solutions narrow. Harvard must divest now and call on other universities to follow suit."

ZACK SUBIN

Managing Consultant at Energy + Environmental Economics

College '03

"We've already got more than enough fossil fuels to blow the global carbon budget. I support Harvard Forward so Harvard will divest from fossil fuel extraction."

ANDREW LOH

HKS-Stanford Graduate School of Business student

HKS '22

"Harvard's greatest resource - its clout - should be used with wisdom and for effect. By divesting, Harvard's own impact is catalyzed by the many others that will follow. That is leadership."

ERIC FRIED

County Building Official, Colorado

College '80

"Harvard’s excuses for not divesting from fossil fuel corporations are the same dodges they used during the struggle to end apartheid when I was an undergraduate. Electing the Harvard Forward Five will help Harvard become the leader it professes to be."

DR. AYANA ELIZABETH JOHNSON

Founder & CEO, Ocean Collectiv

Founder, Urban Ocean Lab

College '02

"The science could not be more clear – we need to transition off fossil fuels immediately, and institutions like Harvard have absolutely no excuse not to divest."

LOREN BLACKFORD

President, Sierra Club

HKS '94

“In these trying times, we need fossil fuel divestment and climate justice more than ever! Please join me in supporting the Harvard Forward candidates for the Board of Overseers. They will get the job done.”

CHLOE MAXMIN

Maine State Rep, HD-88

Divest Harvard Co-Founder

College '15

"It's time to hold Harvard accountable to climate justice with the voices, stories, and insight of youth. Harvard Forward will bring young alums' voices into the halls of power."

KARENNA GORE

Founder & Director, Center for Earth Ethics, Union Theological Seminary

College '95

“Harvard must demonstrate ethical leadership and defend truth – Veritas – by divesting from fossil fuels. Vote the Harvard Forward candidate slate when you get your ballot this April!”

LISA RENSTROM

Former President, Sierra Club

HBS '88, HKS '08

"Thank you, Harvard Forward, for carrying the baton! Together, we will get divestment to the finish line."

SRUTHI PALANIAPPAN & JULIA HUESA

2019 UC President & VP

College '20

"When the people in power don’t listen, put people who listen in power. Harvard students, faculty, and staff have been calling for climate justice for far too long and we could not be more excited to see Harvard Forward pushing the University to be a global leader on this issue.”

DR. LISHAN AKLOG

Chairman and CEO, PAVmed Inc

Board of Directors, Human Rights Watch

College ’85, HMS ‘89

"These are moral imperatives. It is time for Harvard to lead."

TINA KATOPODES CHOW

Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UC Berkeley

College '98

“To save the planet, we all need to change our habits now - Harvard included!"

GORDON FELLMAN

Professor of Sociology, Brandeis University

GSAS '62, '64

"I suspect the Board fears applying a moral test to one investment could lead to questioning others (e.g. arms, tobacco, big pharma). Why not?"

SYLVIA KLIMAKI

Environmental Journalist

GSAS ‘09

"Harvard taught me to always strive for the best, for myself, for my work, for society. The Board needs to act accordingly, no excuses. Sustainable investing means economic growth. It must act NOW."

ELIZABETH MUTISYA

Neurosurgeon and Healthcare Executive

HMS '94

"Fresh thinking and new perspectives are vital as Harvard responds to the most important challenges we face today. Support Harvard Forward. "

RICHARD L. ABEL

Michael J. Connell Distinguished Professor of Law Emeritus, UCLA

College '62

"Just as my generation confronted nuclear holocaust, so today’s generation confronts the threat of climate catastrophe. I applaud the efforts of Harvard Forward."

MARY TAYLOR SIMETI

Author and Organic Farmer

Radcliffe College ’62

"Harvard has a moral responsibility to invest in safeguarding our natural world rather than in exploiting it through deforestation and the extraction of fossil fuels. I am eager to vote for the Harvard Forward candidates."

DR. ADAM M. FINKEL

Clinical Professor, Univ. of Michigan School of Public Health

Formerly chief scientist, US Occupational Safety and Health Administration

College '79, HKS '84, HSPH '87

"Harvard claims more salutary influence on fossil fuel companies working from ‘inside the tent’: with little evidence that is helping, it’s time to try joining the legions who seek a succession plan for this industry."

GREY LEE

Instructor, Harvard Extension School

Regenerative Buildings Facilitator

HKS '18

"Divestment means enabling new opportunities for the endowment to pursue ethically and financially sound investments: both prudent and responsible!"

TEOMAN KENN KÜÇÜK

Ph.D. Student at University of Naples Federico II

College '17

"When Harvard can find money for fossil fuels and private prisons but not for its workers during a pandemic, we have a problem."

DOUG BERGERT

Architect

GSD '93

"Investment in climate solutions is critical to a socially just and sustainable future. Without divestment, Harvard ignores the plight of low income communities and the health of our planet."

ANNE BUXTON SOBOL

Retired Lawyer

Community Organizer, Caregiver

Radcliffe College '66

"I think we should empower young people to do what they see as necessary to protect their future on this planet."

MARK CAREAGA

Founder / Principal Mark Careaga Architect LLC

GSD '98

"While Harvard prides itself on cultivating leadership, no institution is immune from the need for a grassroots effort to move it where it needs to go. Harvard Forward is providing exactly that."

GIACOMO BAGARELLA

Urban Policy Consultant

College '13

"Harvard should set the example for other universities and institutional investors about what it means to put everyone's long-term interests ahead of short-term economic considerations."

MIKE PROKOSCH

Carpenter

College '70

"Please vote for the Harvard Forward Five. The only principle the Harvard Corporation is defending when it refuses to divest is "Nobody tells us what to do."

ADAM HOCHSCHILD

Author

Journalist

College '63

"The climate crisis is the overarching moral and political issue of our time. I firmly support Harvard Forward’s position on that question—and on the other long-overdue steps this campaign calls for."

LAUREN GODLES MILGROOM

Associate at Block & Leviton

HLS '17

"I am proud to support these young alumni in pushing Harvard to set an example for fighting climate change around the world."

RC BINSTOCK

Novelist and Technical Writer

College '80

"In an emergency, leadership makes all the difference. Harvard's leadership in fighting the climate emergency will influence other institutions and the entire world."

BRENDEN MILLSTEIN

Co-Founder & CEO of Carbon Lighthouse

College '06

"Harvard must divest because: 1) we should not destroy the planet, and 2) fossil fuels are a financial time bomb. We should not be holding the purse strings while the world moves forward."

BOB TREITMAN

Activist

Retired Manager, Quality Engineering

HSPH '76

"I was drawn to Harvard Forward because of its focus on pushing the University to become a leader on the Climate Crisis. Harvard, with the largest academic endowment in the world, is in a unique position to influence other institutions."

SAM GOOCH

Technical Program Manager at Waymo

HBS '15

"I want Harvard to start stepping up to the plate on climate leadership. Harvard has huge leverage and the current board is squandering it on what is still the most pressing issue of our lifetimes. "

JUDY NORSIGAN

Co-founder and co-author of “Our Bodies Ourselves”

Radcliffe College '70

"The Harvard Forward candidates – all committed to an accountable and sustainable future for Harvard – are stellar examples the young leadership Harvard needs at this critical time."

BILL McKIBBEN

Co-Founder, 350.org

Schumann Distinguished Scholar, Middlebury College

College '82

“If Harvard Forward is able to carry the day, they’ll do Harvard a great favor.”

DARREN ARONOFSKY

Filmmaker, Protozoa Pictures

Sierra Club Foundation, School for Field Studies, Board Member

College '91

"There’s no more time to defy the science. Harvard should be leaning into the global climate crisis, using all its resources to help solve this problem. Please vote for the Harvard Forward Five and together we can help re-direct the ship."

GAY SEIDMAN

Professor of Sociology, University of Wisconsin

Harvard Overseer, 1986-1992 (anti-apartheid petition candidate)

College '78

"Divestment sends a clear message: the world needs to move away from fossil fuels now, not in some distant future. As a global institution, Harvard can be a model for that future. Please vote for the Harvard Forward Five."

SENAN EBRAHIM

Founder, Hikma Health

2011 UC President

College '12, GSAS '19, HMS '20

"I'm proud to support the Harvard Forward campaign in leading our community to a more just, equitable, and sustainable future."

CONN NUGENT

Senior Fellow, The Ocean Foundation

Former President, Heinz Center for Science, Economics and the Environment

College '68, HLS '73

"Harvard's aim to be the world's pre-eminent university on climate science and policy absent the ethical dimension of fossil-fuel divestment is both a moral lapse and a practical impediment to success."

DEBORAH WILLIAMS

Lecturer, Environmental Studies, UC Santa Barbara

Harvard Environmental Law Review Co-Founder

HLS '78

"As a co-founder of the Harvard Environmental Law Review, I believe Harvard University must act as an exceptional climate steward for its students and the world."

STEPHEN A. MARGLIN

Walter S. Barker Professor of Economics, Harvard University

College '59

"Sooner or later Harvard will divest. The question is whether we divest and decarbonize now, when we can possibly move the needle on climate change. Or we wait until nobody cares what we do."

PAOLA RAMOS

Contributor, Telemundo, MSNBC

Host, Vice News

HKS '15

"If Harvard wants to continue being a global leader, then they must follow the lead of Harvard Forward. There's only one answer here: Climate change is real and we must act now. Let's enable these young leaders to get us there."

DR. STEPHEN Q. SHAFER

Clinical Professor Emeritus of Neurology, Columbia University

College '66

"I support Harvard Forward because its candidates for Overseer will move bravely and wisely for climate justice in all the University's operations."

JACQUELINE M. KLOPP

Research Scholar and Co-Director, Center for Sustainable Urban Development Earth Institute, Columbia University

College '88

"Harvard, as a highly respected academic institution with a global reputation, alumni network and impact, has a moral responsibility to help show the way out of climate crisis and towards planetary health. I am proud to support the amazing network of alumni leading Harvard Forward."

DR. CLAIRE BROOME

Assistant Surgeon General US Public Health Service (retired)

Member, National Academy of Medicine

Radcliffe College '70, HMS '75

"Please vote for the Harvard Forward 5. The climate crisis demands action--divestment by Harvard is a powerful messaging tool, and input to leadership by younger perspectives is key. Business as usual is no longer an option."

LISE STONE

Vice Chair of the Board, Vaclav Havel Library Foundation

HKS '94

"Everything I learned at the Harvard Kennedy School, from ethics to leadership to economics, suggests that the university needs to get on the right side of history by divesting from fossil fuels. Let's look forward, not backward."

SHERMAN LEWIS

Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Cal State Hayward, California

College '62

"Harvard is long on brains and money; short on public policy and commitment a long term economy for value beyond just cash and politeness."

DAVID IRONS

Communications strategist to politicians, universities, foundations, museums and nonprofits

Advisor to Harvard Forward

College '68

“Harvard likes to think it never divests for political reasons; but it divested from companies supporting apartheid in the '80s, and from tobacco companies in the '90s, and Harvard will also divest from fossil fuels. Voting for the Harvard Forward Five sends a clear message of alumni support."

JANE ROLAND MARTIN

Professor of Philosophy Emerita, University of Massachusetts, Boston

Radcliffe College '51, HGSE '56, GSAS '61

"From the Age that is past I say, Fair Harvard: divest now so that you will be an inspiration to the Age that is waiting before."

MICHAEL ANSARA

Organizer, Activist, Writer

College '68

"Harvard needs to respond to the imperatives of climate change and listen to so many young people fighting for their future, for the planet’s future. Electing these five will be a start."

PAUL HAYNICZ

Environmental Activist, Prospective Law Student

HES '18

“Please join me in supporting the Harvard Forward Five. Championing fossil fuels is the opposite of the circular economy we desperately need to embody.”

BRITTON STEPHENS

Senior Scientist, National Center for Atmospheric Research

College '93

"The Harvard community’s greatest impact will not be from continuing to “engage with the fossil fuel industry” but rather by boldly leading in the necessary societal change."

RYAN PETERSEN

Vice President at VitalSource

2007 UC President

College '08

"The Harvard Forward candidates will make a better Harvard and a better world."

ANNE HUBERMAN

Climate Activist

Retired Academic Librarian

Radcliffe College '63

"I’m working with campaigns run by Citizens’ Climate Lobby, Ready for 100, and the Peterborough Energy Committee. Supporting Harvard Forward candidates is another important step toward securing a livable planet for my grandchildren."

JUAN MANUEL CONTRERAS

Data Science Manager, Uber

GSAS '13

"Tackling climate change is the single most important issue we can tackle for the safety and prosperity of our species."

CALEB MILES

Assistant Professor of Biostatistics, Columbia University

GSAS '15

"Climate change is on course to change life as we know it, and poor and vulnerable communities will suffer most. Harvard has the power and moral obligation to help lead the move away from reliance on fossil fuels."

JAY GABLER

Digital Producer, Minnesota Public Radio

HGSE '98, GSAS '07

"I believe Harvard needs to act decisively to address the ongoing climate crisis, and as a GSAS alumnus I support the right of graduate students to organize and advocate for themselves."

DAVID AVSHALOMOV

Composer

Singer, Guest Conductor

College '67

"Everybody vote! Vote to support divestment and ecologically conscious business arrangements."

JOEL HUBERMAN

Climate Activist

Retired Biochemist/Molecular Biologist

College '63

"Will Harvard help to save the planet, or will it stand in the way? Vote Harvard Forward!"

COURTNEY PINKERTON

Holistic Life Coach and Enneagram Teacher, Courtney Pinkerton Coaching

HDS, HKS '08

"Harvard Forward is making me feel proud of my alma mater. Harvard has such a big voice and endowment and it is clearly time for divestment from fossil fuels and conscious leadership toward a relationship with the earth that is sustainable."

JOHN BASSETT

Retired Carpenter, Glass Sculptor, Musician

College '60

"The future of the planet is even more important than Harvard."