Below please find further information about HBAS members running for the Harvard Board of Overseers and to serve as Harvard Alumni Association Elected Directors and information about how to register for our upcoming HBAS Reunion Reception on June 1st. 

For the first time, this spring you can vote online in the elections for members of Harvard’s Board of Overseers and Elected Directors of the Harvard Alumni Association. On April 3rd, you should have received an email from “Harvard 2019 Elections” with the following Election Services Corporation email address: This email will contain a link to your online ballot and the information you will need to log in and vote.

Harvard has engaged Election Services Corporation (ESC), a leading election services firm, to administer these elections. You will be able to vote on a secure website managed by ESC. You may also vote by traditional paper ballot. Materials were mailed April 1 to the most recent address Harvard has on file for you. All eligible voters will have the choice to vote either online or by paper ballot. Either way, ESC will track the results and maintain the anonymity of your ballot.

Ballots must be RECEIVED by May 21, 2019 at 5:00pm EST.


Board of Overseers:

John B. King Jr. AB ’96 (’95)
Former U.S. secretary of education and New York State commissioner of education, John King is president of The Education Trust, a national nonprofit working to close opportunity gaps that disproportionately affect students of color and low-income students. 
By the time he was 12, both his parents had died. He credits New York City public school teachers with saving his life—providing him with engaging educational experiences and hope.

Dedicated to the power of education, King began his career as a social studies teacher in Puerto Rico and Boston, and then as a principal in Boston. He led a school network in New York City and became the first African American and Puerto Rican to lead the New York State Education
Department. He joined the U.S. Department of Education in the Obama administration, rising to become the nation’s 10th education secretary.
King sits on the boards of The Century Foundation, the Robin Hood Foundation, the American Museum of Natural History, and Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher Initiative.

At Harvard College, he was president of the Phillips Brooks House Association, taught civics and conflict resolution in Boston public schools, and ran the Mission Hill Summer Program.

“I would be honored to give back to the institution that has had such a meaningful impact on my wife and me. Through classroom experiences, service learning opportunities, and campus life, Harvard can prepare a next generation of diverse graduates who can help the nation meet
persistent as well as new challenges.”

King and his wife, Melissa EdD ’07, have two daughters.

Vivian Hunt DBE AB ’89, MBA ’95
A noted management consultant, Dame Vivian Hunt is the managing partner of McKinsey & Company’s United Kingdom and Ireland offices and a member of the firm’s global board of directors. In 2018, she was named Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to the economy and women in business.

A frequent author on leadership and diversity, Hunt is engaged with a range of civic, professional, and cultural organizations, including the CBI London Council, the Mayor of London’s Business Advisory Board, BritishAmerican Business (chair), the Trilateral Commission, the US-UK Fulbright Commission, Southbank Centre, and the Tate Modern. In 2017, the Financial Times named her among the 30 most influential people in the City of London. In 2018, she joined the United Kingdom’s Industrial Strategy Council.

Hunt honed her business and leadership skills in Harvard College, serving as president of Harvard Student Agencies. She worked in the Peace Corps in Senegal before studying for her MBA at Harvard Business School.
She has been an alumni interviewer for Harvard College and a supporter of undergraduate financial aid.

“My belief in the ability of a Harvard education to change lives and build leaders is my primary reason for standing for the Board of Overseers. I would be honored to commit my time, talent, and energy to framing the issues, asking the right questions, and helping to steer Harvard to remain a
world-class, open, and globally relevant university.”

She and her husband, Nicholas Basden AB ’89, MBA ’97, have two children.

HAA Elected Directors:

Christina Lewis AB ’02
Christina Lewis is a social entrepreneur and the founder and CEO of All Star Code, a nonprofit that prepares young men of color for careers in the technology sector by partnering with industry leaders to host computer science education programs.

A former journalist whose career began as a columnist and photo editor for the Harvard Crimson, Lewis previously worked as a staff writer for the Wall Street Journal and has been published in the New York Times Magazine and other publications. She continues to write and speak regularly about creating economic opportunity through technology.

Lewis is also the author of Lonely at the Top, a memoir about her late father, Wall Street pioneer Reginald F. Lewis LLB ’68, whose success story as the first African American to own a billion-dollar company is the inspiration for All Star Code. She has served on the board of her father’s foundation since she was 12 years old.

Part of a family of Harvard alumni, Lewis previously co-chaired the Class of 2002 Associates Committee for the Harvard College Fund and served on several class reunion committees.

“I am so grateful to Harvard for so many things in my life, including the education received by my husband, my sister, my father, and several other family members. As an educator and an entrepreneur, I believe my unique experiences can help the University as it evolves in how to serve its current and future alumni.”

She and her husband, Daniel N. Halpern AB ’95, have two children.

Bryan C. Barnhill II AB ’08
Bryan C. Barnhill II is the city manager in the City Solutions group of Ford Smart Mobility. A community leader in his native Detroit, he previously served as the chief talent officer for the City of Detroit and, prior to that, as chief of staff and director of policy and legislative affairs in the Detroit City Council president’s office.

The former campaign manager for Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, Barnhill recently celebrated his own electoral victory when he was elected by the people of Michigan to serve on the Wayne State University Board of Governors. He also sits on the boards of the Detroit Building Authority, United Way for Southeastern Michigan, Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority, Detroit/Wayne County Stadium Authority, Iron Belle Trail, and Belle Isle Park.

Barnhill has volunteered as an alumni interviewer for Harvard College and served on the board of the Harvard Club of Eastern Michigan. He was also part of the inaugural cohort of Harvard Business School’s Young American Leaders Program.

“The best aspect about my Harvard experience was the people. I appreciate all the moments when a person with a different point of view helped broaden my perspective of the world. These relationships occurred during a pivotal time of my life, and I feel like I’m a better person as a result of them. I would love to take part in an effort to create, reengage, or further relationships among our community of good people.”

He and his wife, Rian English, have two children.

Zandile H. Moyo AB ’00
Zandile H. “Zandy” Moyo is the business development and social impact manager at plant-based products company Califia Farms.

An experienced entrepreneur, Moyo has worked for companies that align with her values of improving food quality, eliminating health disparities, and promoting economic growth in Africa. She has held senior positions at several startups, including cofounder and CEO of Credntia, a personal identity management system; COO/CFO of Definicare, a clinical research firm focused on outcomes research for HIV-infected patients; and founding principal of Genexodus, a venture capital fund focused on information technology and health care services.

As a Harvard College student, Moyo was involved with the Harvard AIDS Institute, the Harvard African Students Association, and women’s lacrosse. An Alabama native, she has served in many roles with the Harvard Club of Birmingham as an alumna, including president, treasurer, and longtime alumni interviewer.

In addition to volunteering for Harvard, Moyo has been a member of the Community Affairs Committee of the City of Birmingham, a board member for the Sidewalk Film Festival, and a coach for the Greater Birmingham Youth Lacrosse Association.

“I genuinely enjoy connecting alumni with one another. I have found that there are many unforeseen benefits to cultivating these relationships. We can contribute to our communities, by using our access for the greater good. I also enjoy making Harvard feel approachable to applicants. I have interviewed many candidates, and I enjoy being an ambassador for the possibility of Harvard for each of those students.”