April 1, 2022

Overseer and Elected Director Elections - April 1 to May 18, 2022

Photograph of Harvard’s Loeb House

Elections for Harvard’s governing boards started on April 1, 2022 and voting is open until May 17, 2022.

Alumni may vote for Harvard’s Board of Overseers and Elected Directors of the Harvard Alumni Association. As before, you will be able to vote either online or by paper ballot. 

Members of the Harvard community entitled to vote are to receive further information about the elections shortly before voting begins. Harvard Elections Process has additional information.

For further background, please see:

Information on Candidates for these Harvard elected offices

Harvard Gazette article about the work of the Board of Overseers

Information on nomination and election process

Ballots will be sent to alumni to arrive prior to April 1, 2022. If you do not have a ballot needed to vote online, or have question regarding their ballot, please contact Harvard Elections:

Call the Election Services Corp. (ESC) help desk toll-free at:
1-866-720-4357 (M-F, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. ET)
1-516-688-7013 (international)

You can also email the help desk at: Election Services - Harvard Elections

Please include your name, mailing address, degree, and graduation year.


For more on the election basics, you can review the elections website, a playlist of elections-related videos and FAQ. Amelia Muller AB ’11, MUP ’20 and Sid Espinosa MPP ’00, members of the alumni-led nominating committee, also shared their perspectives on why it’s so important for alumni to vote. We encourage you to watch their short video and share it with your community.

Elections for Harvard University’s Board of Overseers and Harvard Alumni Association (HAA) Elected Directors will begin next Friday, April 1. We hope you will take some time to read about the candidates and vote.

How do you vote? You may vote either online or by paper ballot. To vote online, you will receive an email next week with instructions about accessing your digital ballot. To vote by paper ballot, materials will be mailed by April 1 to the most recent address Harvard has on file for you.

Why should you vote? The Board of Overseers is one of Harvard’s two governing boards along with the President and Fellows, also known as the Corporation. Harvard Overseers play an integral role in the governance of the University. The HAA Board of Directors is an advisory board that empowers volunteers to strengthen the Harvard alumni community.

By voting, you help shape Harvard’s future. We encourage you to learn more about this year’s candidates and vote this spring.

Learn about the candidates
For further background on the Board of Overseers, the elections, and the nominations process, please see: 
  • the elections website, with information about the nomination and election process, the Board of Overseers and its members, and the HAA Board;
  • this Harvard Gazette roundtable on the critical role alumni play in Harvard elections, featuring three members of the alumni-led nominating committee—Sid Espinosa, MPP ’00; Roger A. Fairfax Jr. AB ’94, JD ’98; and June Nagao AB ’96—along with HAA Executive Director Philip Lovejoy;
  • this short video featuring Amelia Muller AB ’11, MUP ’20, a former member of the alumni-led nominating committee, about the Board of Overseers and the role they play in the University's future.
Voting in these elections is an important way to have a voice in Harvard’s future. Thank you in advance for taking the time to participate this spring.

(Photo from Harvard Magazine: Loeb House, meeting location for Harvard Governing bodies.)