Cambridge, MA — The Ash Center is pleased to announce the appointment of three senior practitioners to its fellowship program this semester: LaTosha Brown, Joseph Curtatone, and Jason Hsu.
"Fellows are a cornerstone of the Ash Center community," said Tony Saich, Ash Center Director, Daewoo Professor of International Affairs. "We’re thrilled that LaTosha, Joe, and Jason are bringing their unique backgrounds and perspectives to the Center to help move our work forward meeting the challenges to democracy and inspiring innovative government solutions to some of the country’s (and world’s) most pressing problems."
Senior Practice Fellow in American Democracy, Democratic Governance Program
LaTosha Brown is an award-winning visionary thought leader, institution builder, cultural activist and artist, and connector. She is a nationally recognized, “go-to” expert in Black voting rights and voter suppression, Black women’s empowerment, and philanthropy. Her voice is the nexus between the Civil Rights Movement, the Black Power Movement, and Black Lives Matter. LaTosha is the Co-Founder of Black Voters Matter Fund and Black Voters Matter Capacity Building Institute. LaTosha is also the Visionary, Founder and Co-Anchor of a regional network called the Southern Black Girls & Women’s Consortium, a $100 million, 10-year initiative to invest in organizations that serve Black women and girls. Learn more about LaTosha Brown.
Senior Practice Fellow, Innovations in Government Program
Joseph Curtatone completed his ninth term of Mayor of Somerville Massachusetts in December 2021. He is now the President of the Northeast Clean Energy Council, leading a just and equitable transition to a clean energy economy. First inaugurated in 2004, he is Somerville's longest-serving chief executive. Curtatone previously served for eight years as Alderman-at-Large. Prior to his election as Mayor, he served as an attorney in private practice and a volunteer assistant football coach at Somerville High School. Learn more about Joseph Curtatone.
Senior Research Fellow, Rajawali Foundation Institute for Asia
From 2016 to 2020 Jason Hsu served as Legislator At-Large in Taiwan’s Legislative Yuan (national parliament) overseeing technology policy, development, entrepreneurship, and innovation. Known as "Crypto Congressman", Hsu is credited for setting up Asia Blockchain Alliance (ABA), Taiwan Parliamentary Coalition for Blockchain (TPCB), and Self-Regulatory Organization (SRO). Hsu also founded Indo-Pacific Cybersecurity Alliance under the auspices of the US State Department’s Global Training Framework Workshop with ICT officials from 15 countries. After leaving government, Hsu was appointed to several high-profile roles in international organizations. He is also a founding member of the Global Blockchain Policy Council. Learn more about Jason Hsu.
About the Ash Center
The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School advances excellence in governance and strengthens democratic institutions worldwide. Through its research, education, international programs, and government innovations awards, the Center fosters creative and effective government problem solving and serves as a catalyst for addressing many of the most pressing needs of the world’s citizens.