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Each semester Harvard's Institute of Politics brings in a new class of diverse, accomplished practitioners from politics and public service to interact and engage with Harvard University students and the Cambridge community. Resident Fellows live on campus for the semester and hold weekly "study groups" where attendees are given the opportunity to learn from and discuss current topics with Fellows and Fellows' guests. We are so excited to announce our Fall 2014 class of Resident Fellows.


kristen soltis anderson

Kristen Soltis Anderson is a Republican researcher and strategist and a columnist at The Daily Beast and partner and co-founder of Echelon Insights. She previously served as Vice President of The Winston Group, a Washington DC-based opinion research and political communications firm where she spent eight years studying emerging trends in politics and policy. In 2013, she was named one of TIME magazine’s “30 under 30 Changing the World,” National Journal magazine’s “25 Most Influential Women in Washington Under 35” and one of Marie Claire magazine’s “New Guard” of the 50 most connected rising female leaders.

Follow Kristen on Twitter @KSoltisAnderson.


frank j. fahrenkopf, jr.

Frank J. Fahrenkopf, Jr., until June 30, 2013 was president and CEO of the American Gaming Association (AGA).  In his role as the chief executive of the AGA, Fahrenkopf was the national advocate for the commercial casino industry and was responsible for positioning the association to address regulatory, political and educational issues affecting the industry for the past 18 years. A lawyer by profession, Fahrenkopf gained national prominence during the 1980s when he served as chairman of the Republican Party for six of President Ronald Reagan's eight years in the White House (1983 to 1989).



governor chris gregoire

Governor Gregoire, a Democrat, was the first female governor of Washington to win a re-election and the second female governor in the state’s history. She also served as the National Governors Association chairwoman for the 2010–11 term. During her tenure as Governor (2005-2013), she helped to pass landmark legislation in the areas of education and the environment. A skilled negotiator, Governor Gregoire also spent three terms as State Attorney General.




Anton j. gunn

Anton J. Gunn is the Founder & President of the 937 Strategy Group, LLC, a national consulting firm that equips the next generation of social and political entrepreneurs in the health & human services industries. Previously, Anton Gunn served as a senior official in the Obama Administration as the Director of External Affairs at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, where he advised President Barack Obama and Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on public engagement strategies to introduce Main Street to the Affordable Care Act.

Follow Anton on Twitter @AntonJGunn.


Phil Kent

Phil Kent was recently chairman and chief executive officer of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. (TBS, Inc.) from the beginning of 2003 until the end of 2014. He was responsible for a portfolio of news, entertainment and animation, young adult & kids networks and businesses including CNN/U.S., CNN International, and HLN; TBS, TNT, Turner Classic Movies and truTV; Cartoon Network and Adult Swim; and Turner Sports. Globally, Turner Broadcasting operates more than 130 channels in some 30 languages in more than 200 countries.



valerie biden owens

Valerie Biden Owens is one of the first women in the United States to have managed a modern U.S. Senatorial campaign, as well as a Presidential campaign.  Mrs. Biden Owens has led every campaign in her brother Joe Biden’s political career, including his seven straight U.S. Senate victories and his run for two Democratic Presidential nominations.  She also has been his principal surrogate on the campaign trail.  A 2008 New York Times article quotes David Wade, then Mr. Biden's press secretary, as saying Mrs. Biden Owens “is absolutely his political alter-ego and confidante.”  


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