2019 Harvard
Board Elections

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The voting website will be available from April 1 through 5:00 p.m. (EDT) on May 21, 2019. You may also vote via paper ballot, which will be mailed by April 1. Online voting instructions can be found on your paper ballot and in Harvard 2019 elections emails.


This spring, alumni can vote for a new group of Harvard Overseers and Harvard Alumni Association (HAA) Elected Directors. This year, alumni can vote for up to seven candidates for Overseer and up to six candidates for Director.

Candidates nominated by the Harvard Alumni Association for 2019 (listed in ballot order):

Harvard Board of Overseers Candidates

Alice Hm Chen

Alice Hm Chen

MPH ’01
BS ’90, Yale University; MD ’96, Stanford University
Berkeley, California
Ryan Wise

Ryan Wise

EdLD ’13
BA ’98, Creighton University; MPA ’08, University of Nebraska Omaha
Des Moines, Iowa
Janet Echelman

Janet Echelman

AB ’87 magna cum laude
MFA ’95, Bard College
Brookline, Massachusetts
John B. King Jr.

John B. King Jr.

AB ’96 (’95) magna cum laude
MA ’96, EdD ’08, Columbia University; JD ’07, Yale University
Washington, D.C.
Tyler Jacks

Tyler Jacks

AB ’83 magna cum laude
PhD ’88, University of California, San Francisco
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Scott C. Collins

Scott C. Collins

AB ’87 magna cum laude, JD ’90 cum laude
Boston, Massachusetts
Reshma Saujani

Reshma Saujani

MPP ’99
BA ’96, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; JD ’02, Yale University
New York, New York
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Elected Directors of the HAA Candidates

George C. Alex

George C. Alex

AB ’81 cum laude
MBA ’85, Dartmouth College
Cohasset, Massachusetts
Michael J. Gaw

Michael J. Gaw

AB ’90 magna cum laude
MPhil ’93, University of Cambridge; JD ’95, Boston College
Alexandria, Virginia
Derek C. M. van Bever

Derek C. M. van Bever

MBA ’88, MDiv ’11
BA ’79, MA ’81, University of Delaware
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Salomé Cisnal de Ugarte

Salomé Cisnal de Ugarte

LLM ’94
BA/JD ’90, University of Deusto; PhD ’95, European University Institute
Brussels, Belgium
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Election Announcements

Overseeing Progress

Overseeing progress

April 11, 2019

An interview with the current and future presidents of the alumni board that acts as a ‘Socratic steward of the University’


Candidates announced

January 14, 2019

Election of Overseers and Harvard Alumni Association (HAA) Elected Directors to be held in the spring.


Six new Harvard Overseers elected

September 20, 2018

Six new officers have been elected to Harvard University’s Board of Overseers, and another half dozen as Elected Directors of the Harvard Alumni Association (HAA).

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Harvard Board of Overseers

The Board of Overseers is one of Harvard’s two governing boards, the other being the President and Fellows, also known as the Corporation. 

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HAA Board of Directors

The HAA Board of Directors empowers volunteers to strengthen the Harvard alumni community.  

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Ballot Assistance

Please contact the Election Services Corp. (ESC) help desk
(M-F, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. ET):
1-866-720-4357 (toll-free)
1-516-688-7013 (international)


Printable Candidate Bios

Download PDFs with short biographies and background information about each candidate in this year’s election:

Overseers candidate bios 2019 (pdf)

Directors candidate bios 2019 (pdf)


Frequently Asked Questions

Review a list of frequently asked questions about the Harvard Elections process.

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