President's Message . . .  


January 2024

Dear Harvard Alumni,


Welcome Club members and non-members, students, parents, sponsors, and guest speakers. I am honored to serve as President for the Harvard Club of Philadelphia from 2023-2025. The Club is where you can see familiar faces, fellowship with new members, enjoy social (cultural and community) events as well as engage with speakers of various career backgrounds, and opportunities to volunteer as interviewers for high school candidates for the undergraduate admission to Harvard University.


In addition, we also extend invitations for collegial interactions and programs with alumni from other universities like Penn, Yale, Princeton, Brown, Columbia, Dartmouth, Cornell and Stanford. This consortium allows us to broaden our community role in the City of Philadelphia and nearby suburbs.


I am not alone - our executive board is comprised of Justin Martino, AB '91 (Vice President), Jenna McNeil, AB'95, (Secretary) and Varghese Thomas, ALM '19 (Treasurer) along with the following Board Members:


David Chen, MAR ’99, MAUD ’99

Hillary Do, AB '17

Wanda Felder, ALB ’97, EDM '98

Zachary Herrmann, EDLD '17

Thomas Kardish, AB ’83

Luke McLoughlin, AB ’00

Peter Schwartz, AB ’13

Jasmin Sethi, AB '00, AM '05, JD '07, PHD '07

Melanie Sheerr, AB '00

Becky Wald Thomas, AB '07

Xena Wang, ALM '22


I am grateful for the leadership team we have assembled and am eager to continue to build upon all the work that our past leaders have done for the Harvard Club of Philadelphia.



Gail Chavis, MPP ‘85

President, Harvard Club of Philadelphia


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