Keith Raffel

Keith Raffel

Career Education Fellow
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Keith Raffel ’72 is working part-time with OCS this year as a Career Education Fellow. He has returned to Cambridge after a career on Capitol Hill, in Silicon Valley, and as a novelist. He’s particularly interested in meeting with students who are thinking about life after Harvard as a writer or in tech. Given his own checkered résumé, he’s a strong believer in the importance of adaptability and nimbleness when it comes to career choices. Since graduating from the College and Law School, Keith has watched over the CIA as counsel to the Senate Intelligence Committee, run for Congress, founded an internet software company, and managed a DNA-sequencing business. He’s also the author of five bestselling mystery/thrillers. The New York Times called his first book, Dot Dead, “worthy of a Steve Jobs keynote presentation.” Keith will be bringing people to campus for career chats and connecting members of the Advanced Leadership Institute with students. He was a member of the first cohort of undergraduates to move into Mather House, and he’s back there again as a writer-in-residence. He insists the food has drastically improved!