Chapter Heads

Click on your city above to find out what Harvardwood programs and events are available near you. Don't see your city? Sign up to lead a Harvardwood Chapter where you live.

We're also looking for Chapter Heads to revive formerly active chapters in the cities listed below. If you're interested in taking up the mantle, please complete this form and let us know which chapter you'd like to lead! Chapter Heads receive complimentary Harvardwood membership during their term of service.

  • Oregon
  • New Jersey
  • SF/Bay Area, CA
  • Seattle, WA

Below, meet our amazing volunteer Chapter Heads who make it all happen!

#HarvardwoodATL — Ashley Filip Hoffman

photo and bio forthcoming


#HarvardwoodBOS / ON-CAMPUS — Adam Pachter

Adam_Pachter_Photo.jpgAdam Pachter '92 is a science-fiction screenwriter and an adjunct professor teaching American Literature at Cambridge College. He's also the editor of the FENWAY FICTION series of Red Sox anthologies. Adam's script HIBER is currently in development at Amazon Studios.


#HarvardwoodCHI — Barbara Sealock and Emily Simon

CO_ski_thum.jpgBarbara Sealock is a seasoned arts writer-journalist whose reporting on culture and classical music in Boston and Chicago is widely published in mainstream and industry press. Her work has appeared in publications such as People, Playbill , Boston, London's Choir&Organ, Clavier, the Christian Science Monitor, Strings, Music & Vision, the book, "21st Century Cellists," and other media channels. With a focus on the people, performance and creative process behind the scenes, her stories and profiles aim to further the connection between artists and their audience. A graduate of Oberlin and the former Harvard-Radcliiffe Publishing Program, she has a background in marketing and promotion for professional mid-career programs at Harvard Business School and Harvard Graduate School of Education, as well as communications for corporate marketing teams and providers such as Fidelity and Jack Morton Worldwide. Barbara is thrilled about the renewal of Harvardwood's Chicago chapter and the city's vibrant arts scene. She regards co-leadership as a privilege and unprecedented opportunity to help advance the interests and outreach of Harvard's Chicago arts community.

E.Simon-HarvardwoodBio.jpgEmily Simon holds a Master of Science in Education in affiliation with Teach for America as well as having a Master of Arts, Entertainment, and Media Management with an interest in Arts, Youth, and Community Development (AYCD). Most recently, Emily received an Ed.M. degree from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education in their School Leadership Program where she focused on arts integration in education and edutainment. Her professional background includes working concurrently in arts programming and educational leadership. She is thrilled to be the Co-Head of Harvardwood Chicago planning experiences and opportunities to communicate and highlight the work of Harvard alumni and affiliates in her home city.



#HarvardwoodDC — Dayna Wilkinson

Dayna Wilkinson is a child of the Amtrak Northeast corridor. A resident of the D.C. Metro area, she received a B.A. in Japanese Studies from Yale and an M.B.A. with Distinction from Harvard Business School. When it comes to The Game, she roots for the underdog (and we all know who that is). An executive with experience in media, financial services and e-commerce, her work and client background spans public, privately-held and non-profit organizations and includes market development, channel management and strategy design & execution. A longstanding Harvardwood member, she has organized chapter events, joint activities with the Harvard Business School Club of Washington, D.C. (of which she is a board member), and led a collaboration with the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. She has written numerous Harvardwood Highlights profiles, received a HARVY Award for volunteer service, and participants in D.C.'s Harvardwood Writers Program and the Color Me Read Writers Group.


#HarvardwoodUK (London) — Uzma Hasan

hasan.jpgUzma Hasan is the principal producer at Little House Productions. Her first feature THE INFIDEL was released internationally receiving critical and commercial acclaim, spawning a musical and Bollywood remake. Most recently, she was Executive Producer on multi award winning documentary FLYING PAPER. Her current slate includes projects with a diverse range of talent including Guillem Morales, Bert&Bertie, David Baddiel and co productions with Maven Pictures and Metrodome Distribution.

In addition to Little House Productions, Uzma consults for international film funds including Eurimages, the Council of Europe’s film fund and Harvardwood, the official network of Harvard alumni in the entertainment and media industries. She sits on selection committees for the British Independent Film Awards and Mira Nair’s Maisha Filmmaking Labs.

Prior to producing independently, Uzma was head of development at Slingshot Productions, with creative and commercial responsibilities across its entire slate. She has worked internationally, for independents and studios, with companies including Focus Features, The Salt Company and Tribeca Film Festival on the development, production and exploitation of feature films.

In 2010, Uzma was nominated by HRH Prince’s Trust for a Mosaic Arts & Culture Award; in 2012, she was nominated for the Asian Woman of Achievement Award and in 2013 she was awarded the British Muslim Award for Services to Creativity.

She graduated from University of Wales, Cardiff with first class honours in English Literature and went on to read Film and Literature at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences where she was a Kennedy Scholar.


#HarvardwoodLA — Harvardwood BoardIMG_4840.JPG

Harvardwood was originally founded in Los Angeles, which continues to be one of the organization's largest and most active chapters. Programs and events in Los Angeles are organized by the Board of Directors. For additional information about the LA Chapter, please email us!



#HarvardwoodNYC — Spence Porterspence_1.jpg

Spence Porter says he likes to write plays that are mostly somewhere on the outskirts of conventional theater—he loves using puppets and masks and dancers and onstage musicians, and basically he has a lot of fun doing all the things that people keep trying to tell him not to do. He was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and, in the course of a peripatetic childhood, lived in Minnesota, Georgia, Puerto Rico, Georgia again, and finally the Bronx, where he went to the Bronx High School of Science. At Harvard, he graduated with honors in Applied Math and Physics. This was followed by a year of wandering around Europe at Harvard's expense on a Henry Russell Shaw Fellowship, and then, after being expelled from the Iowa Writers Workshop(!), by theater school at Ohio University, where he got an M.F.A. in Playwriting. He then returned to the Bronx where he continues to experiment with work that fuses dance and puppetry and masks and music and theater.


#HarvardwoodCAN (Toronto): Khurshid Velji

velji.jpgKhurshid Velji completed her Bachelor of Arts degree at York University, Glendon Campus, where she specialized in French Translation. She earned her Master of Liberal Arts at Harvard with a specialization in Linguistics. Khurshid has a passion for learning languages and has teaching experience as well. She worked in the banking industry for four years. Currently, Khurshid works for in-flight services at Air Canada. Khurshid plays the keyboard (a lot of Bollywood tunes from the 50s, 60s and 70s) and has performed at community functions. She enjoys choreographing music for children and for non-profit organizations. Khurshid assists Mary RK, who is a prominent figure in her community, to organize numerous musical events throughout the year. Mary RK organizes fundraising events for the Cancer Society and with her expertise in the musical industry, she volunteers her time to help musicians gain recognition.



The A.R.T. Alumni Association exists to advocate for the benefit of graduates of the Institute and current Institute students. We provide resources and funding to alumni and their collaborators to foster the creation, development, and presentation of theatrical readings, workshops, and productions for the general public, and to organize public forums on professional and artistic issues of concern to both A.R.T. Alumni and members of the greater dramatic arts community. Alumni of the American Repertory Theater Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University share a unique experience. They trained under the nation’s foremost theater practitioners including Robert Brustein, Robert Woodruff, and now Diane Paulus. This exceptional training, together with the rich intellectual environment of Harvard University, creates truly distinctive, farsighted, imaginative, and intelligent theater artists. The A.R.T. Alumni Association is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. We are an all volunteer-run organization, which does not receive financial support from the American Repertory Theater, Harvard University or related entities.

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