Co-director, Center for Public Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School of Government




Dana H. Born , Ph.D.

Co-director, Center for Public Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School of Government

Dana H. Born is the Co-Director of the Center for Public Leadership and Faculty Chair of the Senior Executives Fellows program at Harvard Kennedy School of Government. During her six-year tenure, Born has held several other roles, including Faculty Advisor for the National Security Fellows and as a Lecturer in Public Policy.

A retired Brigadier General with 30 years of service in the United States Air Force (USAF), Born served two terms as the Dean of the Faculty at the USAF Academy where she was also the Head of the Behavioral Sciences and Leadership department. For almost a decade, she was responsible for 600 faculty members and 150 support staff in addition to several support agencies and a $350M annual budget.

Born has received numerous honors including Secretary of the Air Force’s Eugene M. Zuckert Award for Outstanding Management Achievement, the Air Force Association’s Hoyt S. Vandenberg Award for outstanding contributions to Aerospace education, the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal, and the Legion of Merit and Defense Meritorious Service Medal. She has been honored with Harvard Kennedy School’s annual teaching awards and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government’s Innovation in Teaching Award in 2017.

Currently, Born serves as a Trustee on the USAF Academy’s Falcon Foundation, and as the supporting director on the Academy’s Endowment Board. She is also the past President and Board Chair of the Massachusetts Women’s Forum, a 15 member Board of Directors representing 207 member organizations with female leadership in various industries.

Born earned her bachelor’s degree with distinction in behavioral science and leadership from the United States Air Force Academy, a master’s degree in experimental psychology from Trinity University and a second master’s degree in research psychology from University of Melbourne in Australia. Born holds a Ph.D. in industrial and organizational psychology from Penn State University, where she received the university’s Alumni Fellow Award in 2012 and Distinguished Alumni Award in 2018. She was also awarded an honorary doctorate from Simmons College in Humane Administration in 2007.