The Harvard Alumni Association (HAA) serves as both a University-wide alumni association and as the alumni association for Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges. It has constitutional duties to nominate candidates for Overseers and HAA Elected Directors and to conduct the Annual Meeting of the Harvard Alumni Association on the afternoon of Commencement day.
The HAA Board of Directors is an advisory board that actively works to support alumni volunteers engaged with various alumni communities. Alumni communities exist to connect alumni to each other and to the University and use communications, events, and one-on-one interactions to facilitate this connection and engagement. Some examples of alumni communities include Harvard Clubs; Harvard Shared Interest Groups (SIGs); alumni councils of Harvard’s graduate and professional Schools; and Harvard College class committees.
The main work of the Board of Directors focuses on developing volunteer leadership and increasing and deepening alumni engagement through an array of programs that support alumni communities worldwide. The Board meets three times a year in Cambridge. In recent years, the Board has focused its work on areas that are top priorities for our alumni communities, such as outreach to recent graduates; connection to graduate school students and alumni; public and community service; and alumni access to intellectual content.