Vice Chair for Diversity



Mike Contillo is a 3rd-year JD/MBA candidate at Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School.


He’s the proud partner of an alumnus of Harvard’s Graduate School of Design; eldest sibling to two young brothers; loving owner of the world’s most precious French Bulldog; active advocate of and volunteer for disadvantaged and diverse population; and published author on topics ranging from LGBT rights and anti-discrimination suits to the intersection of law and business and financial technology (and the role it can play in delivering social welfare benefits for impoverished communities.)


Mike is a first-generation college student, graduating summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Pennsylvania in 2012. At Penn, he launched and led numerous non-profit organizations focused on promoting diversity, tolerance, inclusivity, equal access, and safety for diverse groups. Eventually, he was appointed as the sole Undergraduate Representative on Penn’s Board of Trustees Committee on Global, National, & Local Engagement.


Prior to graduate school, Mike worked at McKinsey & Co. (New York) as a management consultant for a few years, where he dedicated his extracurricular professional hours to revising the diversity recruitment process to mitigate adverse biases against minorities.


Mike remains fully committed to ensuring that all 15,000+ students across Harvard’s 12 graduate schools have the institutional and peer support required to feel fully safe and included always and anywhere on the university’s campus.