Candidates for Elected Director

Dear Member of the Harvard Alumni Association:

Harvard is what it is today because of the dedication and commitment of our alumni community throughout the centuries. For more than 175 years, the Harvard Alumni Association (HAA) has provided opportunities for alumni across the University to forge lifelong connections to one another and to Harvard. Members of the HAA Board of Directors, six of whom are elected each spring by you and your fellow alumni, lead the organization in this work. 

Elected directors of the Board provide leadership to the HAA and its committees. Each year, the HAA Nominating Committee selects candidates who have demonstrated a record of service and an ability to communicate with fellow alumni from across our global community. In total, 18 elected directors sit on the HAA Board, each serving a three-year term.  

Last fall, the HAA Nominating Committee met at length, considered many possible candidates, and selected nine individuals who have a variety of University and personal experiences and a shared commitment to active participation in their alumni communities.

Below you will find the biographies of the nine individuals running for elected director. The order of the candidates is determined by lot.

By voting for elected directors, you are coming together with thousands of fellow alumni to select the HAA’s future leaders. Thank you for contributing to this important process and ensuring that your voice is heard.  

Sincerely,

Philip W. Lovejoy
Executive Director
Harvard Alumni Association


The HAA’s nominating committee has proposed the following candidates for Elected Director:


Krishnan Namboodiri SubrahmanianKrishnan Namboodiri Subrahmanian
A.B. ’03 magna cum laude; M.Phil. ’08, University of Cambridge; M.D. ’12, Stanford University
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Krishnan Subrahmanian has taken great joy in service throughout his personal and professional life.

A former high school teacher, he is now a pediatrician at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis and an assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Minnesota. He also serves as a maternal child health educator with Community Outreach and Patient Empowerment, a collaborative initiative to address health disparities on reservations in South Dakota.

While at Harvard, he was involved in public service and arts activities both on and off campus, including CityStep, Cambridge Student Partnerships, and the Public Service Network, as well as Ghungroo and Harvard-Radcliffe Dramatic Club. Inspired by summers as a counselor and theater instructor at a camp for children with life-threatening diseases, after graduation he spent time in South Africa on a public service fellowship to create a camp for children with HIV/AIDS.

Since leading the Senior Class Committee as first marshal, he remains active in his class as an alumnus, helping to plan their reunions. He has also served as a member of the Harvard Alumni Association Board of Directors.

“My Harvard classmates, so committed to improving the lives of others, taught me that service is a necessary component of real knowledge and wisdom. This lesson has guided my career. Personally, I have been humbled that friendships forged through Harvard have sustained me in times of joy and sorrow. I would be humbled to serve the community that gave these gifts to me.”

He and his wife, Shwetha Vijayakumar, have two small children.


Natosha Reid RiceNatosha Reid Rice

A.B. ’93 cum laude, J.D. ’97 
Atlanta, Georgia

Natosha Reid Rice is committed to providing a voice to the voiceless and opportunities to historically disadvantaged communities. 

As associate general counsel for real estate and finance at Habitat for Humanity International, she manages financing programs to generate capital that enables Habitat affiliates to provide decent, affordable housing to families throughout the country. As associate pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, she leads the Women’s Ministry and other ministry initiatives.

An advocate for justice issues, she has helped to pass legislation to protect victims of sex trafficking in Georgia and serves on the boards of the YWCA of Greater Atlanta, Atlanta Emerging Markets, Inc., and Atlanta Community Foodbank. She is a frequent speaker on topics of faith and justice, the impact of privilege, race and gender justice, leadership development, and community empowerment. She is a member of the International Women’s Forum Leadership Foundation Fellows Program and the Leadership Atlanta Class of 2014.

An active alumna, she has helped plan several reunions for the Harvard and Radcliffe Class of 1993—including the upcoming 25th—and the 2016 Celebration of Black Alumni weekend at Harvard Law School. She is also a member of the Harvard Club of Georgia and a Harvard College alumni interviewer.

“My experiences at the College and the Law School have helped shape my thinking, perspective, and passions. I want to continue to contribute to an institution that has profoundly impacted my life and be part of making sure it continues to influence generations to come.”

She and her husband, Corey Rice, have three children.


Rita PangRita Pang
A.B. ’96 cum laude; J.D. ’99, Duke University
Hong Kong

Rita Pang loves bringing people together and creating opportunities for others. After 15 years as a lawyer, she uses her organizational and people skills in her career as the cofounder of an innovative fin-tech startup Bridgeway Prime Shop Fund Limited and in the work she does for Harvard. She has worked tirelessly for the University over the years, through the Harvard Club of Hong Kong, and as a director for Clubs in Asia on the Harvard Alumni Association (HAA) Board. The role of facilitating alumni interactions never ceases to invigorate her.

While co-chair of the Harvard Book Prize Program in Hong Kong, she saw the number of participating schools increase significantly and has since raised funds for several scholarships for students in need to experience Harvard. 

As co-president, she led the Club’s inaugural annual conference, consequently doubling the membership growth rate and raising the Club’s profile. Currently as co-secretary, she is helping the board to improve governance.

Outside her involvement in the Club, she has recruited local employers to provide internships for Harvard students, served as an interviewer for Harvard since 2013, and chairs a mentoring program at a local high school that has matched about 500 graduates with alumni. 

“Harvard continues to enrich my life as an alumni volunteer. It would be my honor to serve on the HAA Board, to provide another bridge between Harvard and Asia, to inform strategic planning from an international perspective, and to bring about collaboration among different alumni Clubs.”

She and her husband, Edwin Lee, have three children.


Collette CreppellCollette Creppell
A.B. ’82 cum laude, M.Arch. ’90 with distinction
New Orleans, Louisiana

“When, many years ago, carrying my Cajun heritage and two suitcases, I headed up to Harvard from a small Catholic school in New Orleans, I could not have imagined the world Harvard would open up.”

Since her years at Harvard, Collette Creppell has dedicated her career to shaping communities, from college campuses to city centers. Now the university architect for Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, she previously worked in a variety of architecture, design, and planning roles in her native New Orleans. As the university architect and director of campus planning for Tulane University, she participated in the recovery of the Tulane campus and the city of New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina—a topic she has spoken about frequently at events around the country.

An alumni ambassador for the Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD), she serves on the GSD Alumni Council and has helped organize and participated in numerous GSD programs, including a post-Katrina forum in Cambridge in 2005 and her 25th class reunion in 2015. She is also a member of the Harvard Club of Rhode Island and previously served as a Harvard College alumni interviewer in New Orleans.

“I cannot think of a more rewarding commitment than to serve as an elected director of the Harvard Alumni Association. I have spent my life helping cities and universities grow, and I would love to bring that knowledge to the HAA.”

She and her husband, Stephen A. Higginson A.B. ’83, have three children, including Christopher C. Higginson ’18. 


Rashid Muhammed YasinRashid Muhammed Yasin
S.B. ’12 cum laude; M.S. ’14, University of California, Los Angeles; Ph.D. ’19 (expected), Vanderbilt University
Nashville, Tennessee

As a mechanical engineer, Rashid Muhammed Yasin is constantly looking for ways to make things better—whether he’s designing smarter robotic surgical systems for his PhD thesis or building a global community for Harvard Muslim alumni, faculty, and students.

Since 2015 he has served as president of Harvard University Muslim Alumni (HUMA), a Harvard Alumni Association Shared Interest Group dedicated to connecting Muslim alumni around the world and providing support for Muslims on campus. In this role he also managed the hiring and oversight of Harvard’s first paid Muslim chaplain. “What makes the University special are the bonds between classmates and the intergenerational bonds through years of alumni. I am glad to have been able to build such bonds through HUMA.”

His commitment to the Harvard Muslim community began during his undergraduate years, when he served as president of the Harvard Islamic Society and received a Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations Award. He also held leadership positions with Harvard Model United Nations, the Harvard Din & Tonics, and the Freshman Outdoor Program.

“My time with various on-campus groups in the arts, politics, and student life impressed on me the depth and breadth of experiences available at Harvard, and the value of strong communal bonds—the same bonds I hope to continue strengthening within the alumni community.”

With his wife, Eftitan Akam A.B. ’12, he lives in Nashville, Tennessee, where he is a doctoral student at Vanderbilt University and a volunteer ESL and math teacher for the Nashville International Center for Empowerment.


Matthew TempleMatthew Temple
A.B. ’86 cum laude; M.B.A. ’93, M.S. ’18 (expected), Northwestern University
Los Angeles, California

Matthew Temple has made it his business to help people find and succeed in their careers. As the director of alumni career and professional development at Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, he leads a team that delivers career and executive coaching to 50,000 alumni globally.

As a member of the Harvard Alumni Association (HAA) Board of Directors and a past leader of the HAA’s Careers and Networking Initiative, he has been catalytic in developing and leading a variety of career-focused webinars and workshops for the alumni community. He is also a longtime member of the Harvard Club of Southern California and a past member of the Harvard Club of Hong Kong.

“It has been gratifying to share my skills and experiences in careers, networking, and professional development with Harvard alumni and students who need this knowledge to advance their careers. I have also enjoyed coming back to campus and collaborating with and forging new friendships with other HAA members.”

He previously worked as a career coach at Harvard Business School and UCLA Anderson School of Management, advising MBA students and alumni on topics such as networking, interviewing, and negotiating. A frequent speaker on a range of career issues, he has presented hundreds of workshops in the United States and around the globe. He has also coached executives on leadership, communications, and management at a number of Fortune 500 companies.


Eric R. CalderonEric R. Calderon
M.B.A. ’13; B.S. ’09, Texas A&M University
Houston, Texas

Eric R. Calderon is passionate about ensuring students in minority communities have access and support in pursuing quality education.

He is a member of the Harvard Business School (HBS) Global Alumni Board and the HBS Latino Alumni Association Board of Directors, a founding board member of the Harvard Latino Alumni Alliance Shared Interest Group, and past president of the HBS Club of Houston. Outside of Harvard, he serves on the board of YES Prep Public Schools, a 6–12 public charter school system that focuses on preparing students from Houston’s most underserved communities for college.

Advocating for continued higher education beyond college, he works with the HBS Admissions Office in a newly created position focusing on outreach to the Latino community. In this role, he encourages young Latino professionals to consider pursuing an MBA at Harvard and coaches them through the application process. “I am proud to lead the School’s recruiting efforts in this area, and I look forward to building a path that will ensure more Latinos are able to experience this great university.”

“My Harvard experience changed my career path, expanded my world view, and developed my leadership abilities. To ensure future generations continue having a similar experience, I believe alumni must help shape the future of the institution. To date, most of my volunteer efforts have focused on HBS, and I look forward to being involved with the University at a broader level.” 

He and his wife, Candice, have two children.


SidSid Espinosa
M.P.P. ’00; B.A. ’94, Wesleyan University
Palo Alto, California

Sid Espinosa’s commitment to public service has spanned the government, corporate, and nonprofit sectors, ranging from Silicon Valley to Capitol Hill. “I was taught that a life of service could be incredibly fulfilling—and it’s been true.”

A former mayor and city council member of Palo Alto, the first and only Latino to be elected to public office in the city’s history, he is now the director of philanthropy and civic engagement for Microsoft. He previously worked as director of global philanthropy at Hewlett-Packard, was an assistant to former U.S. attorney general Janet Reno, an advisor to the U.S. ambassador to Belize, and worked in speechwriting and public liaison in the Clinton White House.

He is board chair of the Tides Foundation and on The Nature Conservancy’s California Council, an advisory board member of the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform’s Janet Reno Endowment at Georgetown University and the Palo Alto History Museum, and a former member of the Wesleyan University Board of Trustees. He is also a fellow of the American Leadership Forum Silicon Valley and a member of the Harvard Clubs of Silicon Valley and San Francisco.

“Universities have a unique ability to inspire and empower ever more people to improve our society, fight for justice, increase prosperity, discover, and create. As the world continues to rapidly change (from technology to globalization), I’m interested in how we ensure that Harvard and its alumni are connected, enabled, and energized so that they can continue to thrive and improve the world around us.”


Bella T. WongBella T. Wong
A.B. ’82, Ed.M. ’91; J.D. ’87, University of California, Davis
Weston, Massachusetts

Bella Wong has been interested in global education ever since she attended a session of the Harvard Model United Nations as a high school student—a sustained passion that has guided her work as an educator for more than two decades.

A practicing attorney before earning her master’s degree at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE), she began her teaching career as a science instructor at Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School (L-S). After serving as assistant superintendent and then superintendent of Wellesley Public Schools for many years, she returned to L-S as superintendent/principal.

Under her leadership, the school launched the L-S Global Scholar Program, a three-year plan of study that includes international travel, language study, and community service as a means of preparing students to become active global citizens.

She has come back to Cambridge often as an alumna, attending every reunion of the Harvard and Radcliffe Class of 1982. She has also been a regular presenter in HGSE’s Think Tank on Global Education.

“I am the daughter of immigrants and the first to attend and finish college in my family. There is no way to fully express how much attending Harvard opened so many possibilities for me. Attendance at my first Harvard Model UN as a high school student was transformative for me. It was a bit of a dream come true to be able to help run them from the other side later as a Harvard College student.”

She and her husband, Steven Brand A.B. ’81, M.B.A. ’85, have two sons.