Senior Advisory Committee

For more than 50 years, members of the Kennedy family have played an active and defining role at the Institute of Politics on the Senior Advisory Committee. Their dedication and commitment to the mission of the Institute have spanned generations and decades. The IOP is grateful for the guidance and leadership of Mrs. Jacqueline Kennedy, Senator Robert F. Kennedy, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, and President Kennedy’s two children John F. Kennedy Jr. and Ambassador Caroline Kennedy.

From its founding as a living memorial to President Kennedy, the Institute has benefited from the counsel and engagement of the Senior Advisory Committee, a bipartisan group of distinguished individuals who have held roles in elected office, public service, and journalism.

The expertise, experiences, and connections of the members of the Senior Advisory Committee provide counsel to strengthen the Institute’s ability to inspire Harvard undergraduates to pursue pathways in politics and public service. The Senior Advisory Committee convenes bi-annually to focus on topics prominent on the Institute’s agenda—in areas such as student programming, internship opportunities, and the changing landscape of today’s civic life. The Institute is grateful for the continued dedication of Senior Advisory Members, both past and present, for their commitment to using their networks and expertise to provide opportunities for students.

The Institute of Politics Senior Advisory Committee includes the following current and former public servants:

David Axelrod
Director, University of Chicago Institute of Politics
Former Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama
 
Richard L. Berke
Executive Editor, STAT
Former Assistant Managing Editor, The New York Times
 
Sarah Bianchi '95
Chair, Advisory Board, Biden Institute 
Former Head of Global Policy Development and Federal Affairs, Airbnb
 
Maj. Gen. Charles Frank Bolden Jr.
Former Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
United States Marine Corps - Retired
 
Heather Campion
Managing Director, Koya Leadership Partners
Former CEO, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library Foundation
 
Torie Clarke
Former SVP of Global Corporate Affairs, SAP
Former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs
 
William D. Delahunt
Special Counsel, Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC
Former U.S. Representative from Massachusetts' 10th District 
 
Joseph Kennedy III HLS '09
Former U.S. Representative from Massachusetts' 4th District 
 
Susan Molinari
Former Vice President of Public Policy and Government Affairs, Google
Former U.S. Representative from New York's 13th District 
 
Philip R. Sharp
Past President, Resources for the Future
Former U.S. Representative from Indiana's 2nd and 10th Districts
 
Olympia Snowe
Senior Fellow, Bipartisan Policy Center
Former U.S. Senator from Maine 
 
Michelle Wu '07, HLS '12
Boston City Councilor (at-large)
 
The Institute honors the late John C. Culver’54 as Chair Emeritus.