Our Board...

A little bit about the First Generation Harvard Alumni Board's Executive Committee

 
 Kevin Jennings, Chair

Kevin Jennings is executive director of the Arcus Foundation, a private, global foundation committed to advancing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality worldwide. He has made a long and distinguished career as an educator, social justice activist and author. He began his career as a high school history teacher and athletic coach. Later, he founded the Gay, Lesbian Straight Education Network, a national organization for LGBT and straight teachers, parents, students and community members seeking to end anti-LGBT bias in American schools. From 2009 to 2011, he was Assistant Deputy Secretary of Education in the first administration of President Barack Obama. He has authored six books, including Mama's Boy, Preacher's Son: A Memoir, which was named a Book of Honor by the American Library Association. He graduated magna cum laude in history from Harvard University in 1985 and earned a master's degree in education from Columbia Teacher's College. He also earned a master's degree in business administration from New York University's Stern School of Business.

 
 
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Daniel Lobo, Vice-chair

Born and raised in Boston, Dan Lobo is currently an Associate in the K-12 Education Practice at Parthenon-EY. Dan has worked on a variety of strategic engagements with clients ranging from national foundations, to state departments of education to local non-profits. Prior to joining Parthenon, Dan spent a year in NYC working with a non-profit called the Oliver Scholars Program, which helps students of color gain access to independent schools. Dan graduated in 2014 with high honors in Social Studies and a teaching certification in secondary school History through the Undergraduate Teacher Education Program (UTEP). During his time at Harvard he led Harvard Students for Education Reform (SFER) and founded the First Generation Student Union (FGSU). In his free time, Dan enjoys serving on the Collegiate Council of Boston Collegiate Charter School, coffee dates with The New Yorker, and developing new hobbies—most recently, rock climbing. 

 

 Adelita Orefice, Secretary

More information on Adelita coming soon . . .

 

Treasurer

More information on our Treasuere coming soon . . .
 

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Rafael Burgos-Mirabel, Mentorship Committee Co-chair

Rafael Burgos-Mirabel was born and raised in Puerto Rico. With both trepidation and excitement he arrived in Cambridge in the mid-80s for his undergrad (Romance Languages and Literatures, lived in Wigglesworth Hall and then Lowell House). After graduation, stayed to pursue doctoral work in medieval studies (Iberian history and literature). In the mid-90s he left the program to explore textbook publishing in Spanish language/lit/culture. Now, he's back in school working on a Ph.D. in organizational sociology and history, using those vantage points to examine past, presentnand future organizational possibilities for interdisciplinary knowledge production and training. Since the 1990s, he has been active at the Harvard Gender and Sexuality Caucus SIG.

 

David Tebaldi, Membership Engagement Committee Chair

 

Dave Tebaldi graduated in 2010 with a concentration in Psychology.  Having grown up in a working-class neighborhood in New York, Dave found a passion for first-generation advocacy while at college.  After graduation, Dave moved to Chicago to explore different opportunities in business, from marketing to analytics to client management, and ultimately found his way into software development.  Currently, Dave works as a Product Manager, leading teams that develop tools to educate and inform users on a number of different health care, insurance, and benefits topics. 

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Ro King, Communications Commitee Chair

Ro King, Harvard AB ’85 and Darden MBA ’91, is an independent marketing consultant and angel investor.  A former business executive and entrepreneur, Ro uses her management skills in the non-profit sector. Ro lived in Jakarta from 2005 – 2009, where she served as chairman of a non-profit devoted to promoting Indonesian culture. Ro has edited twelve publications about Indonesia and proceeds from her work as an editor and photographer benefit Indonesian charities. From 2009-2014, she lived in Switzerland where she graduated from L’Ecole du Vin de Changins with her sommelier certificate.  Ro currently lives in Hong Kong with her husband (Martin '86), chairs the Dean’s Global Advisory Committee at Darden, and is trying to save a crumbling National Landmark in Virginia. Ro frequently visits her Dad in Philly where he still tells everyone he meets that she went to Harvard.