2018 Election Results: Harvard Overseers and HAA Elected Directors

The six newly elected Overseers are: 

Geraldine Acuña-Sunshine, Boston, Massachusetts
AB ’92 cum laude, MPP ’96
President, Sunshine Care Foundation for Neurological Care and Research

Philip Hart Cullom, Gaithersburg, Maryland
MBA ’88 with distinction
Vice Admiral (retired), U.S. Navy

Meredith “Max” Hodges, Boston, Massachusetts
AB ’03 cum laude, MBA ’10 with distinction
Executive Director, Boston Ballet

Marilyn Holifield, Miami, Florida
JD ’72
Partner, Holland & Knight LLP

Diego A. Rodriguez, Palo Alto, California
MBA ’01 with distinction
Executive Vice President, Chief Product and Design Officer, Intuit Inc.

Yvette Roubideaux, Washington, D.C.
AB ’85 cum laude, MD ’89, MPH ’97
Director, Policy Research Center, National Congress of American Indians

Five of the new Overseers were elected for six-year terms. The sixth-place finisher, Diego Rodriguez, will serve the final two years of the unexpired term of Jane Lubchenco, who has stepped down in light of other professional obligations. The new Overseers were elected from a slate of eight candidates who were nominated by an HAA committee as prescribed by the election rules. Harvard degree holders cast 26,765 ballots in the election.

The primary function of the Board of Overseers is to encourage the University to maintain the highest attainable standards as a place of learning. Drawing on the diverse experience and expertise of its members, the board exerts broad influence over the University’s strategic direction, provides essential counsel to the University’s leadership on priorities and plans, has the power of consent to certain actions (such as the election of members of the Harvard Corporation), and directs the visitation process by which a broad array of Harvard Schools and departments are periodically reviewed.

In addition, the six newly elected HAA Elected Directors are:

Collette Creppell, New Orleans, Louisiana
AB ’82 cum laude, MArch ’90 with distinction
University Architect, Brown University

Sid Espinosa, Palo Alto, California
MPP ’00
Director of Philanthropy and Civic Engagement, Microsoft

Natosha Reid Rice, Atlanta, Georgia
AB ’93 cum laude, JD ’97
Associate General Counsel, Real Estate and Finance, Habitat for Humanity International; Associate Pastor, Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church

Krishnan Namboodiri Subrahmanian, Minneapolis, Minnesota
AB ’03 magna cum laude
Attending Pediatrician, Hennepin County Medical Center and the University of Minnesota; Maternal Child Health Specialist, Partners in Health (COPE Program)

Bella T. Wong, Weston, Massachusetts
AB ’82, EdM ’91
Superintendent/Principal, Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School

Rashid Muhammed Yasin, Nashville, Tennessee
SB ’12 cum laude
PhD Student, Vanderbilt University

The six new Elected Directors were each elected for three-year terms. They were chosen from a slate of nine candidates, who were nominated by a Harvard Alumni Association committee as prescribed by the election rules. Harvard degree holders cast 27,537 ballots in the election.

The HAA Board of Directors is an advisory board that guides the fostering of alumni community building and creating University citizens of alumni and alumni volunteers. The main work of the Board of Directors focuses on developing volunteer leadership, increasing and deepening alumni engagement through an array of programs that support alumni communities worldwide.