Spring 2019 Resident Fellows
Resident Fellows immerse themselves into the Harvard community. They reside on campus, mentor undergraduate students, hold weekly office hours and lead an eight-week, not-for-credit study group on a particular subject according to their experience, interests, and expertise. This Spring, Barbara Comstock, Carlos Curbelo, Andrew Gillum, Aisha Moodie-Mills, Catherine Russell, and Michael Zeldin will serve in this role.
Barbara Comstock served two terms in the U.S. House of Representatives and three terms in the Virginia House of Delegates. Barbara is a lawyer, mom, and small businesswoman with over 30 years in senior roles in Presidential campaigns, in Congress, on Congressional Committees, at the Justice Department, and in private practice.
Carlos Curbelo was born in Miami, Florida in 1980, to political refugees who fled tyranny and oppression in Cuba. He served as a member of the United States Congress representing Florida's 26th congressional district from 2015 to 2019. In 2017, Curbelo was honored by the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation with the New Frontier Award for his work promoting bipartisan cooperation on environmental policy. Carlos and his wife Cecilia have two daughters, Sylvie and Carolina. The family lives in Miami's Kendall neighborhood.
Andrew Gillum is the former Mayor of Tallahassee, Florida and 2018 Florida Democratic gubernatorial nominee. Elected to the Tallahassee City Commission at age 23, he is youngest person elected in the city’s history. Gillum resides in Tallahassee, Florida with his wife, R. Jai, and their three children — Jackson, Caroline and Davis.
Aisha Moodie-Mills is a thought-leader at the intersection of politics and diversity. She was the first African American woman to lead a national LGBTQ organization as president & CEO of the LGBTQ Victory Fund and previously served as executive director of the Congressional Black Caucus PAC. Her study group will explore the current demographic revolution and the political rise of the “New American Majority” of people of color who will soon be the majority of the population.
Cathy Russell served as U.S. Ambassador for Global Women’s Issues at the Department of State during the Obama Administration. Before that, she held senior positions in the White House, Capitol Hill, and the Justice Department. Russell’s study group will examine why women and girls matter to U.S. foreign policy.
Michael Zeldin is a CNN Legal Analyst.
His study group, Independent Counsels and Presidential Investigations, will focus on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.
Michael has held various senior Justice Department positions, including Special Counsel to Robert Mueller, and served as an Independent Counsel and as Counsel to the House Foreign Affairs Committee (October Surprise).