Two Harvard faculty members have been chosen by President-elect Joe Biden to fill senior government positions, according to the Harvard Kennedy School.
Wendy Sherman has been nominated to serve as deputy secretary of state and Samantha Power has been tapped to be the administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), according to an article published by the Harvard Kennedy School on Saturday.
Both Sherman and Power held high-ranking spots during the Obama Administration.
Sherman is a professor of the practice of public leadership at Harvard Kennedy School. She is also of the Harvard Kennedy School's Center for Public Leadership.
“At Harvard Kennedy School we teach that there is no higher calling than public service," said Sherman. "Over these past two years I’ve been humbled by our students, who understand this with complete conviction and commitment...I’m grateful to have been a part of it, and to now once again have the opportunity to represent this country, our people, and democratic values around the world.”
Power, a former journalist and Pulitzer prize winner, is the Anna Lindh Professor of the Practice of Global Leadership and Public Policy at the Kennedy School and the William D. Zabel '61 Professor of the Practice in Human Rights at Harvard Law School, according to the university.
"The Kennedy School has been a wonderful home on and off for the past two decades. I have learned tremendous amounts from my students and colleagues, which will inform my approach to USAID in countless ways," said Power. "I look forward to bringing a whole new set of experiences and ideas back to the classroom at some point in the future."