P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans


Lisa Halpern, 1998

MPP, Harvard University

Lisa Halpern is the child of immigrants from Canada and Germany

Fellowship awarded to support work towards an MPP in Public Policy at Harvard University

Lisa was born in Seattle, Washington. Her father was born in Canada; her mother, the child of Holocaust survivors, was born in a displaced persons camp in Germany.

Lisa graduated from Duke University summa cum laude with degrees in economics and public policy. As an undergraduate at Duke University, Lisa was a Faculty Scholar in the Department of Economics and earned a Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Assistantship in Economics. She was President of the Public Policy Majors Union and a recipient of Duke’s Community Action Award. Lisa attended the Harvard Kennedy School where she was awarded a Kennedy Fellowship and received a Master in Public Policy with concentrations in health policy and leadership. 

Lisa has worked in media and health-related settings including government, non-profit and business. As a doctoral student in Public Policy at Carleton University, she will continue to build upon her knowledge and interest in international public policy issues and comparative health systems. 

  • MPP Public Policy | Harvard University 2001
  • BA Public Policy, Economics | Duke University 1995
  • PhD Public Policy | Carleton University
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