M.Phil. ’79, University of Cambridge; J.D. ’82, University of Pennsylvania
An accomplished photographer and champion of the arts, Scott Mead is a dedicated Harvard volunteer with extensive international experience.
Originally from Erie, Pennsylvania, Mead has primarily lived and worked in Europe and Asia since graduation, and his photographs have been widely published and exhibited worldwide. He founded and leads Bramley Studio in London, a creative hub that nurtures artists from diverse backgrounds.
Mead was active in founding Harvard’s ArtLab and the evolution of the University of the Arts London. He endowed an arts program and a stem cell research center at London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, where he served as a trustee.
“We need the arts and humanities more than ever. At a moment of immense social, climate, political, and economic challenges, I believe creativity and its artistic expression can be powerful tools for positive awareness and change that must be available and accessible to all.”
A former Harvard Alumni Association elected director, Mead serves on Harvard’s Global Advisory Council as well as Dean’s Advisory Boards for Harvard Law School and the Graduate School of Design. He is a trustee of the Royal Academy of Arts and served in similar capacities at MD Anderson Cancer Center; the Women’s Tennis Association, where he advocated for equal prize money; and the Tate Galleries.
“The most impactful and diverse scholars and students from every background and part of the world belong at Harvard, engaging with the ethical, philosophical, and practical challenges of our time and working toward equitable and achievable solutions.”