John Holdren returns to Harvard Kennedy School

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John Holdren, former national science adviser to President Barack Obama, will rejoin the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) faculty as the Teresa and John Heinz Professor of Environmental Policy. The appointment, announced by HKS Dean Douglas W. Elmendorf, began Feb. 15, 2017.

Holdren has spent the past eight years as the senior adviser to Obama on science and technology issues, in roles that included Assistant to the President for Science and Technology, Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and Co-Chair of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST). He is the longest serving presidential science advisor in U.S. history, surpassing Vannevar Bush, who served in the Roosevelt and Truman administrations.

Holdren will join Dan Schrag in co-directing the Program on Science, Technology, and Public Policy at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at HKS. He also was a professor in Harvard’s Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences and Director of the independent, nonprofit Woods Hole Research Center before joining the Obama administration.