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Mark Gearan

Cambridge, MA, USA

Director of the Institute of Politics

Harvard Kennedy School

Mark Gearan


Mark Gearan is Director of the Institute of Politics at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He served as President in Residence at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education.

He was President of Hobart and William Smith Colleges, where he was also a member of the Department of Political Science and guest lecturer. During his time as President, he reinforced the Colleges’ commitment to academic rigor, global understanding, study abroad opportunities and service-learning. He served as Director of the Peace Corps in Washington, D.C. and under his leadership, the Peace Corps experienced a resurgence of interest. He served in the White House as Assistant to the President and Director of Communications, as well as Deputy Chief of Staff during the Clinton administration. During the 1992 presidential campaign, he was Al Gore’s campaign manager, segueing to the position of Deputy Director of President-elect Clinton’s transition team.

A Board Member of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, Mark’s other non-executive roles include serving as the Co-Chair of the National Advisory Board on Public Service at Harvard College and as a Member of the Presidential Advisory Group for the NCAA. He is the past chair of the Board of Directors of the Corporation for National and Community Service, the Annapolis Group and the National Campus Compact. He has served as a Board Member of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities and The Partnership for Public Service. Mark is also past Chair of the Talloires Network Steering Committee and has been active on the advisory board of The Presidential Appointee Initiative.

Mark earned his B.A. in Government cum laude at Harvard University and his law degree at Georgetown University. He is the recipient of 12 honorary degrees.

Mark Gearan’s Newsfeed

Gearans Named Interim Faculty Deans at Harvard

HWS President Emeritus Mark D. Gearan L.H.D. ’17, P’21 and Mary Herlihy Gearan L.H.D. ’17, P’21 have been named interim faculty deans of Winthrop House at Harvard University.Gearan, who serves as the Director of the Institute of Politics (IOP) at Harvard Kennedy School, told The Harvard Gazette, “Mary and I were honored by the invitation to serve as interim faculty deans at Winthrop House.

Harvard’s Institute of Politics releases its poll on what young Americans think about politics...

Building upon the historic impact of the youth vote in the midterm election, we will continue to see this generation step up, take action, and ensure their voices are accounted for in our elections.” said Mark D. Gearan, Director of the Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School."

Mark Gearan’s Background

Director of the Institute of Politics
Feb 2018 - Present
Cambridge, MA, USA
Harvard Kennedy School’s mission is to improve public policy and public leadership across the U.S. and globally, so people can lead safer, freer and more prosperous lives.
President in Residence
2017 - 2018
Cambridge, MA, USA
Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) believe studying and improving the enterprise of education are central to the health and future of society.
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Current Non-Executive Positions

Co-Chair, National Advisory Board on Public Service
Cambridge, MA, USA
Harvard College is the undergraduate liberal arts college of Harvard University. Founded in 1636, it is the oldest institution of higher learning in the United States and one of the most prestigious in the world.
Presidential Advisory Group
Indianapolis, IN, USA
NCAA, the National Collegiate Athletic Association, is a non-profit, member-led organization dedicated to the well-being and lifelong success of college athletes.

Previous Non-Executive Positions

Chair of the Board of Directors
Boston, MA, USA
The National Campus Compact advance the public purposes of over 1,000 colleges & universities by deepening their ability to improve community life and to educate students for civic and social responsibility
Board Member
Washington, DC, USA
NAICU, National Association of Independent Colleges and Universitities, is the voice of America's independent colleges & universities and has represented private, non-profit higher education since 1976.
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Board Member
New York, NY, USA
Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, founded in 1968, is led by human rights activist and lawyer Kerry Kennedy and advocates for a more just and peaceful world. Working alongside local activists to ensure lasting positive change in governments and corporations, the RFK team includes leading attorneys, advocates, entrepreneurs and writers united by a commitment to social justice.

Mark Gearan’s Education

BA Government cum laude