Alyson Gounden Rock

Alyson Gounden Rock

Innovations in Government Research Fellow

Alyson Gounden Rock is an Innovations in Government Research Fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School. At the Ash Center, Alyson develops pedagogy that links social entrepreneurship theory to field work, and coaches aspiring entrepreneurs on how to start and scale social enterprises. Her work is informed by her entrepreneurial and consulting experience in the public, private and social sectors.

Alyson’s research interest lies at the intersection of public value, gender and discrimination across the life course. Her current research is on mechanisms that underpin gender based discrimination at key points across the span of a career. She is particularly interested in how innovative public policies, social entrepreneurship, corporate social responsibility and social movements could contribute to structural and institutional change for greater gender equality.

Alyson was a Research Fellow in the Women and Public Policy Program and Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, with a focus on gender, negotiation, decision making, and leadership across differences. Before pivoting to a career in academic research, Alyson’s professional experience included starting and running entrepreneurial ventures and strategic consulting. Her work with Bain and Company and PwC included strategic planning and organizational design in the public and private sectors. Her pro-bono consulting work has included research on global board diversity and gender policies for Catalyst, the leading business and gender think tank, and strategic planning for a leading Early Childhood Education policy and program organization in MA.

Alyson holds a Bachelor of Arts from Oxford University, a Master of Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School, and a Master in Business from Audencia Business School, France. Bilingual English/ French, she is on the board of the New England French American Chamber of Commerce. Alyson is a WBUR Cognoscenti contributor, a Huffington Post contributor and she writes about new policies and practices to support gender equality. She tweets actively on gender equality research @alyson_gr.