HHI is directed by a faculty Director, appointed by the Office of the Provost of Harvard University. The Director reports to the Office of the Provost as well as to the Dean of the Harvard School of Public Health.


The HHI Steering Committee provides strategic guidance to the Directors and is composed of representatives from Harvard-affiliated entities. Members of the Steering Committee have been invited by the Director and serve at the approval of the Office of the Provost.


HHI was co-founded by Jennifer Leaning and Michael VanRooyen. For more information about the history of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, visit our About Us page.