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Marion Dry, Photo Credit Keith BarracloughMarion Dry
Co-Founder and Co-Chair

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 After undergraduate study, Marion went on complete a Master of Music degree at Northwestern University in voice and opera studies.  Since then she has pursued a concert and opera career, singing as a leading contralto with major opera companies and orchestras in the United States and Europe.  She has appeared as soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra, Boston Pops Orchestra, National Symphony of Panama, National Symphony of the Ukraine, Handel and Haydn Society, and others.  She was a member of the original cast of world premiere performances of John Adams’ opera, Nixon in China, directed by Harvard alum, Peter Sellars, which toured the United States and received Emmy and Grammy award nominations.  Marion has performed numerous operatic roles in the United States with Houston Grand Opera, Seattle Opera, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Brooklyn Academy’s Next Wave Festival, Intermezzo Chamber Opera, Opera Boston, Blossom Music Festival, Boston Lyric Opera, and in Europe in concerts in Italy and at Netherlands Opera and Edinburgh Festival.  In 2014, she sang the title role in the world premiere of the opera Anne Hutchinson by composer Dan Shore and librettists Bill Fregosi and Fritz Bell with Intermezzo Opera.  Recordings include Nixon in China, the first recording of Lukas Foss’s opera, Griffelkin, for which she sang the Grandmother (Devil), Let’s Have a Unionby The Jubilee Trio, and Samuel Barber’s opera Vanessa.  She can be heard on Brave Records, Chandos, Nonesuch, Koch, Virgin Classics and CRI recording labels.  In 1997, she joined the faculty of Wellesley College where she has served as Senior Music Faculty in Voice, Chair, and Director of the Music Performance Program.  Marion served as co-chair of the HR73 35th Reunion and has been active on HR73 reunion committees since the 25th reunion.  Marion is one of the founders of ClassACT and currently co-chairs its Board.


Jonathan SpragueJonathan Sprague
Co-Founder and Co-Chair

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After receiving his undergraduate degree, Jonathan received his master degree in Health Policy and Management from the Harvard School of Public Health. He then completed an Advanced Fellowship in Health Administration in the Presidents’ Offices of the American Hospital Association and Blue Cross Association. He founded and became President of the Northland Health Group and later created and became President of Rocky Coast Consulting (RCC) a national consulting firm, located in Bangor, Maine, where he grew up. His career has been focused on providing planning and other support to improve health and health systems, and to improve access to and the quality of health care across the country, with special emphasis on rural communities. Jonathan has also served in leadership roles for several civic organizations, including a symphony orchestra, a Girl Scout Council, and his church. He is one of the founders of ClassACT and currently co-chairs its Board.


George PutnamGeorge Putnam
Co-Founder and Treasurer

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After receiving his undergraduate degree, George completed the joint law and business program at Harvard Business and Law Schools, obtaining the degrees of JD and MBA in 1978. He spent seven years practicing corporate, environmental and bankruptcy law with the Dechert LLP firm in Philadelphia. He left the practice of law in 1985 to found New Generation Research, Inc., a bankruptcy research and publishing firm. In 1990, he launched New Generation Advisors LLC, an investment management firm specializing in distressed securities. He is also an independent trustee of the Putnam Group of Mutual Funds. George has served on the boards of several nonprofit organizations, including the Gloucester Marine Genomics Institute, Marine Biological Laboratory (Woods Hole, MA), World Environment Center, Massachusetts Audubon Society, Saint Mark’s School (Southborough, MA), the Epiphany School (Boston, MA) and the Sea Education Association. George is one of the founders and is now the Treasurer of ClassACT.


Sallie GouverneurSallie Gouverneur
Co-Founder and Board Member

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Sallie was elected to Phi Beta Kappa at Harvard and attended the Radcliffe Publishing course, then went to work at the New Yorker Magazine for a staff writer; she next worked at Harper & Row, Publishers in editorial and managerial capacities and helped set up Harper/San Francisco in 1977. Her literary agency Gouverneur & Co. represented writers on a range of topics for 15 years; she advised the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation on a series of books about technology, and wrote 2 books for children about sewing. She also co-chaired a capital campaign for Grace Church School in Manhattan which quintupled the endowment. Moving in 1998 to Hong Kong, she volunteered in the library at the Helena May Institute and served on a committee distributing money to Hong Kong charities. Back in the States she helped set up the Fund for Women in Asia, an offshoot of The Women’s Foundation (Hong Kong) and edited various work including a document on Economic Justice for Women to be delivered at the UN. In 2004, she got an MA from Columbia in East Asian studies; she also served for 6 years on WNYC Radio’s Community Advisory Board, and has interviewed Harvard Lampoon alumni for an oral history project. She recently joined the Board of Project Access New Haven, a nonprofit enabling specialist doctors to donate services to under- and uninsured patients in 13 area communities. Sallie is one of the founders of ClassACT.


Leigh HafreyLeigh Hafrey
Board Member

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After two too-short years as a transfer into the Class of ’73, Leigh went on to a Ph.D. in comparative literature at Yale. Professional stops after that included consulting in the U.S., associated teaching for the U.S. Census Bureau and USAID in Africa, writing instruction at M.I.T., and several years as a staff editor at The New York Times Book Review. During that decade-plus, Leigh published fiction and non-fiction translations from French and German and feature articles, essays, reviews, and interviews in The New York Times and other periodicals.The birth of a first child ended a Cambridge-Manhattan weekend commute for Leigh and his wife, Sandra Naddaff ’75/ Ph.D. ’83, and launched him into business education, first at HBS and then, in 1995, at MIT Sloan School of Management. At Sloan, Leigh teaches ethics, leadership, sustainability, and communication, and has written two books on those subjects: The Story of Success: Five Steps to Mastering Ethics in Business (2005) and War Stories: Fighting, Competing, Imagining, Leading (2016); since the mid-90s, he has also moderated many seminars for the Aspen Institute, an international educational and policy studies organization focused on values-driven leadership. From 1993 to 2010, Leigh and Sandra co-Mastered Mather House, where they brought up their sons, Nathaniel ’08 (Lowell) and Ben ’13 (Winthrop).


Stanley MarkStanley Mark
Board Member

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Soon after graduation, Stan Mark spent a year in New York City working at Chase Manhattan Bank and Cravath Swain & Moore before heading back to Boston to attend Harvard Business School. In the summer of 1976, after receiving his MBA, he embarked on a merchandising career in retailing starting with Macy’s California, Burdine’s of Florida and Cache before co-founding a retail advertising agency in the mid-1980’s with offices in Toronto, Cambridge and Seattle. Stan eventually moved to Seattle in 1990 and started a direct marketing firm that served clients such as Nordstrom, The Bon Marche (Macys), Costco, Starbucks and other retail clients. Today he is still providing database marketing services to an array of clients in the retail, telecom, travel and financial services industries. Stan has been involved the HAA since graduation serving on the Schools Committee in each of the cities where he has resided. He has served as the President of the Harvard Club of Seattle as well as the President of the Harvard Business School Club of Puget Sound; in addition, Stan served a three-year term as the HAA Regional Director of the Pacific Northwest. He has also served on the boards of the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco and Seattle, The Jewish Transcript newspaper of Washington State, The Bathhouse Theater and the environmental organization, People for Puget Sound. Stan and his wife, Paula Prewett, live in Seattle and have two daughters.


Bahman Mossavar-RahmaniBahman Mossavar-Rahmani
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Bahman Mossavar-Rahmani is the CEO and co-founder of UAS Asset Management, a wealth management firm launched in New York in 1987. UAS manages investment portfolios for high net worth clients, foundations and institutions. Prior to UAS he co-founded Connecticut Securities, a fixed income firm in Hartford. Between graduating from Harvard College in 1973 and receiving an MBA from Harvard Business School Bahman returned to Iran to lead the initial computerization initiatives at Citibank's Iranian affiliate. His keen interest in worthwhile causes led to writing and speaking publicly about various basic rights he felt strongly about--- for instance personal freedoms, democratic values and women's rights. At age 29 he ran for a seat in Iran's Parliament, risking being imprisoned in 1980 along with other progressive party leaders. He subsequently moved to the US and became a US citizen. His interest in helping Iranian causes continued by his support of Iranian artists whose works feature contemporary social themes. Additionally, UAS has supported Iranian art exhibits in the US including the Iran Modern exhibit at the Asia Society and the Global/Local exhibit at New York University's Grey Gallery. Bahman was previously a member of the Board of Managers and chaired the admissions and nominating committees of the Harvard Club of New York. His wife, Yasmin Mossavar-Rahmani '77, Ph.D., a fellow Harvard alum, is a nutrition scientist on the faculty of Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She served as an investigator in the Women's Health Initiative, a landmark study funded by the National Institutes of Health. Bahman looks forward to supporting ClassACT as it represents many of his existing interests. 


Carl MullerCarl Muller
Co-Founder and Board Member

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Carl left a South Carolina farm in 1969 to go to Harvard College, and then Harvard Law School and Business School. He returned to his home state to practice law, and has done so ever since. Carl is a distinguished attorney with broad experience across the law, notably defending constitutional freedoms of speech and the press. He has deep roots in his community and has long been active in public service, protecting the right to free legal aid as Chairman of South Carolina Legal Services and advocating for equal access to quality K-12 public education. He has also been continuously engaged with Harvard, most recently as President of the Harvard Alumni Association. Carl is one of the founders of ClassACT.


Therese SteinerTherese Steiner
Co-Founder and Board Member

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After receiving her undergraduate degree, Therese earned a Certificat D’Etudes en Sculpture from the Academie Julien in Paris, France and a M.F.A. from Columbia University. She is the Founder and President of Therese Steiner Consulting and is a management consultant with media, non-profit and creative organizations. Therese has worked with senior executives and leadership teams with a variety of clients including: ABC Radio, ABCNews.com, AOL , ESPN, ESPN Deportes, J.P. Morgan, Julie Foudy, PBS, Seriouseats.com, Sesame Workshop, Showtime Networks, and Viacom. Prior to consulting, Therese served as Deputy Director of the Production Center at WNET/13 in New York, the flagship PBS station, responsible for the development, production and distribution of WNET’s national programming portfolio, such as Great Performances, Nature, The MacNeil/Lehrer Newshour and American Masters. Therese was a Field Producer on the Emmy, Peabody and Christopher Award winning series Heritage: Civilization and the Jews, with Abba Eban. In addition to serving on the founding Board of Class Act HR73, Therese is Vice-Chair of Classic Stage Company, a non-profit theater in New York, and on the Board of JusticeAid—a ClassACT bridge project.


Rick Weil
Board Member

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Rick is an associate professor of sociology at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. After college at Harvard (’73), he went to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago for a year and then returned to Harvard for a PhD in sociology (’81). He was an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Chicago before moving to LSU. He conducted research on transitions to democracy in Germany after Hitler and the fall of the Berlin Wall, as well as other countries in Europe. As of the mid-1990s, he has been doing research on community in America. Since Hurricane Katrina (2005), he has studied community recovery and neighborhood change in New Orleans, conducting surveys, making videos, and partnering with over 200 community groups and nonprofits. He is now making photographic portraits of New Orleans neighborhoods and studying grass-roots mentoring in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and Chicago. Along the way, he has been a cartoonist/printmaker/animator and played guitar and harmonica. He is divorced and has three amazing grown daughters: a photographer, an artist, and a computer scientist. Some of his work can be seen at www.rickweil.com.


Kevin Crane HeadshotKevin Crane
General Counsel and Clerk

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After receiving his undergraduate degree from Harvard College, Kevin received his J.D. from Boston College Law School in 1977. He was elected to the Cambridge City Council in November of 1977 and reelected in November of 1979 and chose not to seek reelection as he decided to focus entirely on his private law practice. He has maintained a private law practice since 1977 initially practicing with his brother Daniel '72 and father Edward '35. Kevin's son Edward now practices with him. The law office has been located in Harvard Square since 1981. His law practice concentrates on estates, real estate, and local zoning and regulatory matters. He remains engaged in local political matters in his native Cambridge. Kevin serves as General Counsel/ Clerk of ClassACT. 

ClassACT Groups

ClassACT has formed several groups committed to the work of ClassACT.  Here are lists of their members.

Marketing & Communications Committee

Dick Friedman

Stan Mark (Lead)

Sandy Weissent

Henrietta Wigglesworth-Lodge

BBLP Steering Committee

John Adams

Ann Bailen Fisher

Bob Bowie
Barbara Brosius Lindsay
Rick Brotman
Kimball Chen
Marion Dry (Director)
Hamilton Fish
Peter Galbraith
Sallie Gouverneur
Leigh Hafrey
Terry Hunt

Stan Mark

Bahman Mossavar-Rahmani
Carl Muller
George Putnam
Jonathan Sprague
Therese Steiner
Holly Weeks

Human Rights Group

Alan Dean
Marion Dry
Sallie Gouverneur
Leigh Hafrey
Helen Hershkoff
Bahman Mossavar-Rahmani (lead)
Gerald Neuman
Patricia Potter
Jonathan Sprague
Therese Steiner
Steve Wessler

Climate Group

Jesse Ausubel
Kimball Chen
Jason Clay
Marion Dry
Larry Goulder
Sara Greenberg
John Kress
Roger Myerson
George Putnam
Jonathan Sprague (Lead)
Sharon Tisher


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