Harvard Forward predated TBS. Danielle Strasburger and Nathán Goldberg, two Harvard alumni, created Harvard Forward in 2019 as an effort to elect recent alumni to the Harvard Board of Overseers on a climate justice and inclusive governance platform. As they developed the strategy for Harvard Forward, they realized that the mission of having more young people on boards would be applicable beyond Harvard. They reached out to other young people involved in nonprofits and governance and formed The Boarding School founding team with Azza Cohen, Achille Tenkiang, and Priten Shah. Once TBS was incorporated, it became the legal entity housing the Harvard Forward project.
Yale Forward is TBS’ second project and Harvard Forward’s sister campaign. Founded by Yale PhD student Scott Gigante, Yale Forward aims to elect Maggie Thomas – a 2015 alumna of the Yale School of the Environment and climate policy advisor to U.S. Presidential candidates Elizabeth Warren and Jay Inslee – to the Yale Corporation on a platform of climate action, endowment justice, and inclusive governance. Yale Forward will organize separately from The Boarding School and establish independent legal status as an unincorporated not-for-profit entity by December 31, 2020.
As TBS projects, Harvard Forward and Yale Forward share resources and knowledge around university board elections, as well as an ability to fundraise across the country, hire staff, and access legal and HR support as needed.