Board of Directors Letters

The Harvard Extension Alumni Association Board of Directors work together to build a more active and engaged alumni body. Together they strive to provide Harvard Extension School alumni a wide array of opportunities to connect, celebrate, learn, network, and lead in their communities.

September 2019Michael Fabiano

Hello fellow alumni,

I am very excited to begin working with our board and alumni as we embark on a two-year journey together at what I view as an important inflection point for the Harvard Extension School.

A technological tipping point is occurring in higher education. Driven by interactive classroom software and artificial intelligence, society has for the first time in history an educational model that is quite different from the traditional classroom and arguably more impactful.

This model is impacting the way professors teach, how students learn, and provides access to more diverse and blended student populations. These innovative education platforms are creating new possibilities. I understand them deeply having completed a master’s degree at HES and an Executive MBA at Columbia.

While we are an alumni board, immense change is occurring, and we can help influence and shape the contours and direction of one of the twelve degree granting schools that compose Harvard. We have this moment and it’s inspiring and motivating.

I have already been quite involved with the administration and started activities in a number of areas including: assisting with global alumni engagement and community building, planning alumni events in Santa Monica, NYC, DC and Cambridge, and establishing the groundwork to develop a broad strategic plan on where we want to be in two years.

The core mission of the HEAA is one of lifelong learning and engagement.

Together we endeavor to “reach, serve, and engage all Extension alumni; to foster a lifelong intellectual and personal connection between the school and its graduates; and to provide Harvard Extension School and Harvard University with goodwill and support.”

I am looking forward to furthering this mission together.

Michael Fabiano ALM'16



October 2018

Greetings fellow alumni,

As one of the two appointed Directors representing Harvard’s Division of Continuing Education on the Harvard Alumni Association (HAA) board, it’s a pleasure to introduce myself as we kick off another fantastic year for the Harvard Extension Alumni Association.  I serve alongside Carlos De La Rosa ALM ’08 as Appointed Directors to the HAA.  

Each school at Harvard has two Appointed Directors that formally serve on the Harvard Alumni Association Board of Directors. The Directors offer our leadership and experience to further the work of HAA committees and initiatives while advancing the virtues of One Harvard. Throughout the course of our 3-year term, we travel back to campus several times during the academic year for the Harvard Alumni Association Board of Directors meetings. In each of these meetings we gather together to support the engagement needs of our respective alumni, sharing best practices and challenges. 

In terms of my involvement as a Harvard alumna, I’ve been proud to serve on the HEAA board for two years and volunteered for Harvard Clubs for over 30 years.  Currently, I live in the Greater Los Angeles area where I consult to organizations on growth and fundraising initiatives with a focus on board impact and governance.  

Together, Carlos and I advocate for the needs of Harvard Extension School and its nearly 20,000 (!) alumni.  We serve as liaisons to student members of the Harvard Graduate School Council and collectively discuss how to engage alumni across all the Harvard schools.  

Please feel free to share your thoughts, questions and ideas with me directly, via our ‘Get Involved’ page.

Veritas, ubiquitas, aeternitas!

Maryellen Gleason ALB '84
Appointed HAA Director



December 2017

We are excited to announce that 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Harvard Extension Alumni Association! To commemorate this historic milestone, the Association will be hosting a series of celebratory events over the course of the calendar year, including a spectacular 50th Anniversary Luncheon on Saturday, March 24th 2018 at the Harvard Faculty Club. This semi centennial celebrates all members of the association and recognizes the key alumni volunteers over the past 50 years that have enabled the association to flourish and evolve over time.

We hope you will join in the festivities. With that in mind, we are asking for your help! We are looking to compile stories, experiences, old photos, and memorabilia involving Harvard Extension School and the Alumni Association. These will be featured at various events over the course of 2018 and on our website for all to enjoy. Please contact the Office of Alumni Affairs if you have items to share and help make this a truly historic year!

Theresa DiLando CSS '83 & John Parro ALM '14
50th Anniversary Planning Committee