Spring 2022 Resident Fellows

For over fifty years IOP Fellows have provided Harvard students with the opportunity to learn from prominent public servants, engage in civil discourse, and acquire a more holistic and pragmatic view of our political world. 

Spring 2022 Institute of Politics Resident Fellows include Brendan Buck, Christine Chen, Mayor Kim Janey, Jody Olsen, Maya Rupert, and Gerald Seib.

Brendan Buck


Brendan Buck is one of Washington’s top communications strategists and a trusted political analyst. He is currently a Partner at Seven Letter, a Washington and Boston based public affairs firm. Previously, he spent twelve years on Capitol Hill, most recently as Counselor to House Speaker Paul Ryan and previously as Press Secretary to House Speaker John Boehner. 


Brendan will lead a study group on how the House of Representatives came to be fueled by conflict and crisis, and how we can redeem the “People’s House” as a great deliberative body. 


Christine Chen


Christine Chen is a co-Founder and Executive Director of Asian Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote), one of the most trusted national, nonpartisan organizations. APIAVote’s mission is to work with local and state community based organizations (CBOs) to mobilize Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities in electoral and civic engagement.


Christine will lead a study group on what it takes to build power for and infrastructure within the diverse and young AAPI immigrant community.


Spring 2022 Fellow Mayor Kim Janey

Mayor Kim Janey


Kim Michelle Janey made history when she was sworn in as Boston’s first woman and first Black mayor, successfully leading the city through a multitude of unprecedented challenges, including the COVID-19 global pandemic. Prior to becoming Mayor, she was the first woman elected to represent District 7 in the Boston City Council in 2017 and was elected by her peers to serve as City Council President in 2020. Devoting her life to public service, she has 25 years of experience in the non-profit sector.


Mayor Janey will lead a study group on “Racial Justice and Recovery: Leading Cities to a More Equitable Future,” examining opportunities and barriers to implementing racial justice policies that center the lived experience of those who have been historically marginalized.


Jody Olsen


Dr. Josephine (Jody) Olsen, PhD, served as the 20th Director of the Peace Corps from March 2018 to January 2021. She began her career as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Tunisia from 1966-1968. She has also served as Acting Director (2009), Deputy Director (2002-2009), Chief of Staff (1989-1992), Regional Director (1981-1984), and Country Director, Togo (1979-1981).


Jody will lead a study group on international relations and global partnerships in the age of COVID-19.  


Maya Rupert


Maya Rupert is a political strategist, writer, and Distinguished Fellow with Community Change. In 2021, she managed Maya Wiley’s NYC Mayoral campaign. In 2020, she served as campaign manager for Julián Castro’s presidential campaign, and is only the third Black woman to have managed a major presidential campaign. When Secretary Castro exited the race, she joined Elizabeth Warren’s campaign as a Senior Advisor. 


Maya will lead a study group on how we need to reshape the political industry that determines how we choose our leaders, how those leaders connect with us, and, ultimately, how they govern.


Gerald Seib


Gerald F. Seib is the executive Washington editor of The Wall Street Journal, where he writes the weekly “Capital Journal” column. Previously the Washington bureau chief and political editor of the Journal, he reported on the Middle East for the Journal in the mid-1980s, and covered the White House from 1987 through 1992. He has moderated three presidential debates, and interviewed every president since Ronald Reagan. 


Gerald will lead a study group on “Political Parties in the Age of Disruption” and the powerful political currents that will leave both parties significantly changed, and perhaps weakened.