Welcome to the recipients of the Hauser Center Mid-Career Fellowships for 2011-2012.
Yan Ding – Nonprofits in China Mid-Career Fellow
Dr. Yan Ding was a medical scientist at the National Cancer Research Institute of China before joining in a faith-based charity working in one of the poorest areas of the country. She lived and worked in a remote corner of southwest China’s Yunnan Province for several years and provided health services to thousands of mountain villagers who have no access to basic medical care. Yan initiated a women and children health program for underprivileged ethnic minority populations and helped villagers improve their living and health situations. She has a Master’s degree in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health and is currently pursuing a Mid-Career Master in Public Administration at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
Kate Flynn – Course on Exponential Fundraising Mid-Career Fellow
Kate Flynn is currently a Mid-Career Master in Public Administration student at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and previously worked in community leadership development and civic engagement to strengthen the diverse communities of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She was the Executive Director of the Milwaukee chapter of Public Allies, a national organization dedicated to advancing a new generation of community and non-profit leaders. As an example of 4% of non-profit executive directors under the age of 35, Kate led Public Allies’ efforts to engage millennial generation leaders to pursue public service careers. During Kate’s tenure, Public Allies received one of the largest Recovery Act grants statewide, the chapter affiliated with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and her team achieved a perfect program review for superior stewardship of $830k in federal resources. She forged dozens of strategic partnerships to expand the capacities of local non-profits and benefitting 200 young leaders. Kate began her career in electoral politics working for U.S. Senator Herb Kohl and Milwaukee Mayor John Norquist. Her approach incorporates principles of systems thinking and asset-based development strategies.
Jennifer Hoegen – Justice and Human Rights Mid-Career Fellow
Jennifer Hoegen works for the Center for International Development at Harvard University, and is a current student in the Mid-Career Master in Public Administration program at the Harvard Kennedy School. Prior to this, Jennifer earned an MA in International Relations from Boston University, in which she focused on gender-based human rights violations. Her focus is to combine human rights theory with practical applications in the field, specifically uniting the efforts of non-profits with government entities. She previously held positions at the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General, the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, and an international Fortune 500 financial company in Boston. She has interned at the Massachusetts Caucus of Women’s Legislators where she worked on equal rights legislation for women. She also worked with the Women’s Rights Network at Wellesley College to plan and facilitate the Northeast Regional Beijing +5 Conference, and conducted independent research on child custody laws in cases where there was a history of partner abuse.
Elisa Peter – Humanitarian and Development NGOs Mid-Career Fellow
Elisa Peter comes to the Hauser Center with 20 years of experience in international advocacy with both nonprofit and intergovernmental organizations. Currently on leave from the United Nations Non-governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS), she spent the past 6 years guiding international non-governmental organizations, community based organizations and membership-based groups in their efforts to participate in the UN’s intergovernmental deliberations. She helped amplify the voices of people directly affected by UN decisions, and bring their policy recommendations to the fore on issues such as poverty eradication, food security, women’s rights or sustainable development. Before joining the UN, she spent 10 years working as an environmental and social change activist, including 5 years in a remote indigenous community above the arctic circle. She also sits on a number of nonprofit boards. Elisa earned a degree in agronomy from the National Superior School of Agronomy in France and is currently pursuing a Mid-Career Master in Public Administration at the Harvard Kennedy School.
Claire Rice – Arts, Culture and Capitalization Mid-Career Fellow
Claire Rice is currently a student in the Mid-Career Master in Public Administration program at the Harvard Kennedy School. She was most recently the Interim Director of Education and Community Engagement at UMS, a 131 year-old performing arts presenter bringing internationally-renowned artists in dance, music, and theater to Ann Arbor, Michigan. There, Claire worked to build context around and connection to the arts for a wide variety of audiences, through over 100 educational and community events each year. Previously, she was a management consultant for Accenture, working with federal and state government clients in Washington, DC. Claire has managed a Grammy Award-winning concert recording, completed a month-long residency with the Royal Shakespeare Company, and served on various non-profit boards that advance youth and the arts in Southeast Michigan. She was selected as an author for the arts leadership book 20 Under 40, published in 2010, and is also a member of the British Council’s Transatlantic 2020 Network.