Sanjay Seth

Harvard Kennedy School / Graduate School of Design, ‘19
Design (GSD)

Sanjay is a dual-degree student in the Master in Public Administration program at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and the Master in Urban Planning program at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Prior to Harvard, Sanjay worked at the Regional Plan Association on energy and environment policy for the New York metropolitan area. He also served as an inaugural fellow of the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership initiative.

Last spring, he founded and organized the One Harvard Climate Initiative, a cross-Harvard student organization supported in part by a grant from the Harvard Office for Sustainability, which organizes students around improving the climate change curriculum and interdisciplinary experience at Harvard. He co-organized a semester-long study group and a week-long trip to Houston for 15 graduate students to better understand the impact of Hurricane Harvey. And he participated in a week-long service trip to New Orleans, in order to support the incoming mayor in developing community-driven policies to improve wastewater infrastructure and reduce urban flooding.

This fall, building on the One Harvard Climate Initiative, Sanjay founded and organized the Climate Leaders Program for Professional Students at Harvard ( in partnership with the Harvard University Center for the Environment. This hands-on program is a year-long, application-based leadership development program for about 40 graduate students across six Harvard graduate schools who share a professional interest in climate-related work.

Sanjay has also founded and organized the Climate Governance Initiative, a student-led organization focused on highlighting the challenges of climate governance at urban and metropolitan scales. And he participated in the Arctic Initiative's Arctic Innovators program at the Kennedy School, a semester-long program focused on developing innovative policy ideas for the Arctic.

Originally from Bismarck, North Dakota, Sanjay has a background in community and political organizing and volunteers on several community and nonprofit initiatives. He holds a Bachelor’s in Economics, Politics, and Public Policy from Goldsmiths, University of London.