Ambassador Samantha Power has had a long and prestigious career in public service. She was the youngest U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations and the youngest member of President Obama’s Cabinet. At the United Nations, Ambassador Power works to advance U.S. interests, promote and defend universal values, and address pressing global challenges to global peace, security, and prosperity. Prior to working at the United Nations, she was Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights on the National Security Staff at the White House focusing on issues like UN reform, LGBT and women’s rights, the promotion of religious freedom, human trafficking, democracy, and human rights. Before coming to HLS to study law, Ambassador Power was a long-time war correspondent. She wrote the Pulitzer Prize winning book, “A Problem from Hell,” which she started writing as a student at HLS. She was also a professor at the Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and founded the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy. Power has been inspirational for her many professional achievements while being “an amazing wife and mother of two young children.”
Power earned her B.A. from Yale University and J.D. from Harvard Law School.