The Roy and Lila Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation advances excellence and innovation in governance and public policy through research, education, and public discussion.

By training the very best leaders, developing powerful new ideas, and disseminating innovative solutions and institutional reforms, the Center’s goal is to meet the profound challenges facing the world’s citizens. The Ford Foundation is a founding donor of the Center. 

Our Mission

"I never cease to be impressed by the commitment of the Ash community to making the world a better place."

Director Anthony Saich


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Founded in 2003 as the Ash Institute, the Ash Center has grown over the years. 

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Job Opportunities

Explore opportunities for both students and professionals to join our team. 

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We acknowledge the land on which Harvard sits as the traditional territory of the Massachusetts people.

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About the Director

Anthony Saich is the Daewoo Professor of International Affairs at Harvard Kennedy School.

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