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Cast Your Vote

May-June 2009

This spring, alumni will choose five new Harvard Overseers and six new directors for the Harvard Alumni Association (HAA) board. The official candidates’ names appear in ballot order below, as determined by lot.

Ballots should arrive in the mail by April 15 and must be received back in Cambridge by noon on May 29 to be counted. Results of the election will be announced at the HAA’s annual meeting on June 4, on the afternoon of Commencement day. All holders of Harvard degrees, except Corporation members and officers of instruction and government, are entitled to vote for Overseer candidates. The election for HAA directors is open to all holders of Harvard degrees.


For Overseer (six-year term):

Joshua Boger, Ph.D. ’79, Cambridge. President, founder, and CEO, Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Margaret A. Levi, Ph.D. ’74, Seattle. Bacharach professor of international studies, University of Washington; professor of politics, University of Sydney.

Photeine Anagnostopoulos ’81, M.B.A. ’85, New York City. COO, New York City Department of Education.

Morgan Chu, J.D. ’76, Los Angeles. Partner, Irell and Manella LLP.

Cristián Samper, Ph.D. ’92, Washington, D.C. Director, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution.

Mark Gearan ’78, Geneva, New York.  President, Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

Linda Greenhouse ’68, Bethesda, Maryland. Knight distinguished journalist-in-residence and Goldstein senior fellow in law, Yale Law School.

Walter Clair ’77, M.D. ’81, M.P.H. ’85, Nashville, Tennessee. Assistant professor of clinical medicine, Vanderbilt University Medical Center; clinical director of cardiac electrophysiology, Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute.

In addition, two alumni have qualified to run as petition candidates:

Robert L. Freedman ’62, Philadelphia. Partner, Dechert LLP. 

Harvey A. Silverglate, LL.B. ’67, Cambridge. Attorney and writer, Good and Cormier. 


For Elected Director (three-year term): 

Cindy Maxwell ’92, M.D. ’96, Toronto. Assistant professor of obstetrics and gynaecology and staff perinatologist, Mount Sinai Hospital.

Margaret Angell ’98, M.P.A. ’06, Washington, D.C. White House Fellow, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

John Trasviña ’80, Los Angeles. President and general counsel, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

Paul Choi ’86, J.D. ’89, Chicago. Partner, Sidley Austin LLP.

Elizabeth Ryan ’81, Los Angeles. Producer and director for film and television.

Carlos Cordeiro ’78, M.B.A. ’80, Hong Kong. Retired partner, Goldman Sachs.

Meg Vaillancourt ’78, Boston. Vice president, corporate and community affairs, Boston Red Sox.

Bryan Simmons ’83, New York City. Vice president of marketing and communications, IBM Centennial, International Business Machines Corporation.

Sanford Sacks, M.B.A. ’66, Scarsdale, New York. Consultant, Ambac Assurance Corporation.