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Welcome to the Harvard Kennedy School Alumni Council, Washington D.C.

Global Alumni Network of the Year 2017

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As the largest and most active Harvard Kennedy School alumni network in the world, we represent over 9,000 Kennedy School graduates in the Capital's metropolitan area. We seek to serve our fellow alums by extending the special learning, community and spirit of the Harvard Kennedy School. We deliver professional activities to support learning and growth in public policy, public service, politics, career development, social networking and much more. Participation is what we seek to drive. We invite all HKS alums in the D.C. area to get involved.

Ask What You Can Do.

Implementing Public Policy with Professor Matt Andrews

February 12, 2020

Matt Andrews shared his research and hands-on work with governments and organizations around the world to address the policy implementation pitfalls that many organizations face and discussed Problem Driven Iterative Adaptation (PDIA), an unique approach developed by his team at the Center for International Development.  He shared information about Implementing Public Policy, the latest executive education program led by Matt focusing on this work.  His talk was engaging and well received by more than fifty members of the HKS DC Alumni Community.

New public policy ideas that promise to solve many of society’s problems are constantly emerging in governments, nonprofit and corporate organizations across the world. Unfortunately, studies show that more than half of these ideas fail during implementation, thus falling short of achieving their intended—and much needed—results. Why is policy implementation failure so common?  Matt addressed how to overcome challenges and roadblocks so that we can achieve successful policy outcomes more frequently and make real change happen. 

International Policy Roundtable on the Middle East

February 19, 2020

Join us for the next International Policy Roundtable (IPR) featuring Missy Ryan, Washington Post reporter and HKS alum, who will share her insights on some of the critical policy issues taking place in the Middle East. This “fire side” conversation will be facilitated by Lala Qadir, HKS alum and attorney at Covington and Burling. The conversation will provide you with an opportunity to engage them on global security issues.



WHEN: Wednesday, February 19, 2020 @ 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

6:00 PM - Registration and networking with hors d’oeuvres

6:45 PM – Program will begin.



WHERE: Microsoft Corporation, 901 K ST, NW



TICKETS: $20 – For HKS classes 2018 and 2019

$25 – All other HKS alumni and friends

National Security Breakfast with former DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson

February 26, 2020

In honor of Black History Month, we welcome former Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson for a candid discussion on the critical national security issues that face the U.S. homeland. This breakfast forum is under the Chatham House Rule. 

Jeh Johnson is a non-resident Senior Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center. He was the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security from December 23, 2013 to January 20, 2017.  As such, he led the third largest Department of the U.S. government, with a workforce of 229,000 employees and 22 components including TSA, Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, FEMA, the Coast Guard, and the Secret Service. He is a 1979 graduate of Morehouse College, a 1982 graduate of Columbia Law School, and the recipient of nine honorary degrees. Currently,  he is a partner with the law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, LLP.

A special thank you to our sponsor, Cornerstone Government Affairs, for hosting the HKS DC Alumni Council and providing breakfast, for what is sure to be a lively discussion. We ask for a donation of $20/ticket to support HKS DC Alumni Council activities and future programs. 

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