The Kempner Institute is an interdisciplinary initiative of the Provost’s Office, and is not housed in any one school or department within Harvard. Like all the cross-school initiatives administered through the Provost’s office, the Kempner is also sometimes referred to as an “interfaculty initiative.”

Our Team

The Kempner staff and administrative team is here to support all aspects of the Kempner community. Please refer to the Kempner directory for contact information about specific members of the team.

WhoRoleContact me for
Elise PorterExecutive DirectorQuestions about how to engage/collaborate with the Kempner
Max ShadDirector of EngineeringCompute questions, HPC guidance
Ella BattyAssistant Director for Educational ProgramsAcademic advising, course information, student opportunities
Michaela KappAssistant Director for FinanceAnything financial, policy, account info, travel and purchase guidance
Deborah Apsel LangAssistant Director for CommunicationsWebsite, media inquiries, trademark/logo, general comms, publications/news items
Molly MarshallExecutive Assistant and Project CoordinatorGeneral questions and logistical support, scheduling, travel
Lani O’DonnellEducational CoordinatorLogistics of educational programs, available resources for students, educational events
Nikki ShawnReception Area CoordinatorEvents, general questions and logistical support
Naeem KhoshnevisSenior ML Research EngineerResearch Software Engineering, ML Engineering, HPC

Harvard Directories

The following directories are useful for finding contact information for Harvard administrators, students, faculty and staff: