Meet the BOARD

The HKS New England Alumni Association fosters a community of its alumni to continue the school's public service mission through programming that inspires graduates to expand their knowledge, network, and impact on the world.  Our Board Members support this mission through a variety of activities over the course of the year as guided through our By-Laws.  

We periodically recruit people to join the Board.  If you are interested, please see our Board Recruitment page for more information.


Elizabeth Ames



HKSNEAA Board President, Elizabeth Ames works as Managing Director at Startup Institute, a Boston-based bootcamp helping people who want professional change develop the skills, mindset, and networks they need to find jobs and thrive in the innovation economy.  She has an MC/MPA from HKS, an MBA from HBS, and a BA from Yale College.  Email:


Helena Fruscio Altsman

MPA 2015

Helena Fruscio Altsman is currently the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Technology for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Her background is in innovation economic development policy and nonprofit management.


Myrish Antonio

MC/MPA 2015


Myrish Cadapan-Antonio is currently the Associate Director for Leadership Development at the HKS Center for Public Leadership. Her background is in local government and corporation law, anti-corruption, human rights, leadership development and higher education. Email:


Naushard Cader

MC/MPA 2010


Naushard works on policy and strategy matters related industry reforms such as Dodd Frank Financial Markets Stability, Counter Money Laundering, Risks, Controls, Ethics and Governance. As a former PwC public auditor and consultant, Naushard has 15 years of cumulative experience working with over 100 organizations in the profit, non-for profit and government sectors. Email:


Michael Humphrys

MC/MPA 2011


Michael currently works at HKS as Manager, IT Strategy and Planning.  Before HKS, he worked in management,  engineering and marketing roles in non-profit, shipbuilding, defense, and manufacturing industries. 


Jessica Kahlenberg

MPP 2017


Jessica Kahlenberg works for the City of Chelsea, where she serves as the Innovation and Strategy Advisor to the City Manager. She holds an MPP from the Kennedy School and a BA in History and Sociology from the College of William & Mary. Email:


Craig Kelley

MC/MPA 2015

Craig Kelley is an ex-Marine and current City Councilor in Cambridge, MA. Craig worked as an environmental consultant for 19 years and is now focusing on resiliency planning and disaster preparedness. Married with two teen-aged sons, Craig enjoys biking, gaming and history. Email:


Bhavna Lall

MC/MPA 2014

Bhavna Lall, MD, MPH, MPA is an internal medicine physician practicing as a hospitalist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center with an interest in global health and innovation. She completed her MD and MPH degrees prior to joining the Harvard Kennedy School in the MC/MPA class of 2014. Email:


Theresa Lynn

MC/MPA 2013


Theresa’s background is in nonprofit management and public/private partnerships.  She is the Executive Director of Back on My Feet and was formerly the director of ReadBoston, a mayoral initiative focused on early literacy. Email:


Christina Marin

MPP 2014


Christina Marin works in public finance as an associate analyst at Standard & Poor’s. Her background is in nonprofit management and journalism. She is past President and currently serves on the HKSNE programming and development committee. She is also a member of Community Action Partners.  


MaryRose Mazzola

MPP 2015


MaryRose Mazzola is currently the Executive Director of the Boston Women's Workforce Council, a public-private partnership between the City of Boston, Boston University, and more than 200 companies dedicated to closing the gender wage gap. She previously worked in state and local politics. Email:


Gayatri Sarkar

HKSEE 2016


Gayatri is an angel investor and is in venture capital industry. She is a mentor at multiple accelerators. Previously, she had worked as a manager at the Federal Reserve Bank. She has worked in technology management consulting at HP, IBM for clients like Caterpillar, Goldman Sachs etc. She cofounded a consulting startup and a tech startup. Email:


J. Ned Shamon

SEF 2012

Ned is a Project Manager for U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' national Managerial Cost Accounting Program.  He has 20 years of IT and strategic Project and Program Management experience in private and public sectors.  Email:


Rebecca Shin

MC/MPA 2017


Rebecca Shin works at the Harvard FXB Center for Health & Human rights where she focuses on child protection programs and key strategic initiatives.  In addition to an M.P.A. from the Harvard Kennedy School, Rebecca has an M.Ed. and over 20 years experience in global corporate leadership roles responsible for program management, strategy, and research. Email:


Theodora Skeadas

MPP 2016

Theodora Skeadas works at Booz Allen Hamilton, where she has consulted on issues of business strategy and innovation, cyber security, and counter-terrorism. She holds an M.P.P. from the Harvard Kennedy School and a B.A. in Philosophy and Government from Harvard College.


Jimmy Tingle

MC/MPA 2010

Jimmy Tingle is a satirist and founder of Humor for Humanity. He  chaired the Programing Committee and is past President of the HKSNEA Board. Email:


Jim Tull

MC/MPA 1997

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Jim is a Partner with CMPartners, where he provides training and process assistance in the areas of negotiation and dispute resolution.  Jim has helped non-profits, governments and corporations in over 70 countries to better manage their conflict.  He has a BA from Kenyon College, and an MC/MPA from HKS. Email:


Liz Walat

MPP 2007

Liz currently works as the Director of Financial Planning at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.  Her background is in economics and finance, having previously worked for Goldman Sachs, the Federal Reserve, and the City of Boston. Email:


Kate Mullally



Kate is a lawyer and former nurse with over 30 years experience, both nationally and internationally, in healthcare and the environment, corporate law and business development in the private, public and nonprofit sectors.  In addition to an MC/MPA from the HKS, Kate has a JD from Villanova University, a BA from Middlebury College and a BS from Columbia University.