Institute of Politics announces Morgan Brown as new executive director

Morgan Brown.

Morgan Brown

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Harvard’s Institute of Politics (IOP) Director Setti Warren has announced the appointment of Morgan Brown as the new executive director of the IOP.   Brown brings to the role a deep commitment to public service and civic engagement, as well as a dedication to the mission and values of the IOP.

Brown ’06, M.P.A. ’18, was most recently the deputy director for the Individual Resilience Initiative of the Adrienne Arsht–Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center at the Atlantic Council.  In that role, which he began in 2021, Brown led strategy and development of the center’s delegation to the COP27 U.N. Climate Change Conference in Egypt.

“We are delighted to welcome Morgan back to the IOP. He is a talented leader who has a keen dedication to, and appreciation for, the value of public service and a passion for fostering collaboration, diversity, equity, and inclusivity,” said Warren. “Morgan is uniquely situated to hit the ground running; while a student at Harvard College, he was an active member of the IOP and participated in several programs and events. He is passionate about furthering the mission of the IOP by empowering and educating the next generation of leaders.”

Prior to joining Arsht-Rock, Brown was the senior international program consultant for Harvard University, where he worked with faculty, staff, and students to expand the global teaching and research mission of the University in more than 150 countries.  Previously, he worked on the humanitarian response team at Oxfam America, responding to natural disasters around the globe including the 2010 earthquake and cholera outbreak in Haiti and the drought in the Horn of Africa from 2011 to 2012. He has lived and worked in Europe, Asia, Africa, Latin America, and Australia.  His background includes nonprofit consulting, business development, political campaigns, and construction, and he is a former professional athlete, executive, and coach.

Brown holds a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Harvard College, where he was a Michael Rockefeller Fellow and Francis Burr Scholar, and an M.P.A. from Harvard Kennedy School, where he was a Lucius Littauer Fellow and where he was a non-resident fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.

“I am honored to join the IOP at such a critical time in the political arena both nationally, and abroad,” said Brown.  “I look forward to working with students to ensure that through our programs, events, and discussions, we continue to inspire young people to get into public service and make a difference here at Harvard, across the nation, and around the globe. I am confident in the power of public service to change our world for the better and am incredibly excited to roll up my sleeves and join the incredible students, fellows, and staff at the IOP in advancing those critical goals.”