The John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies is proud to host a Leadership Council of civically minded thought leaders who understand and value the mission of the graduate school and have an interest in helping to shape and cultivate its local and global enterprises. In addition to serving as trusted advisors, providing Dean Ira A. Jackson with guidance and constructive suggestions to shape the strategy for the school going, members of the Leadership Council will engage as ambassadors of our graduate school and identify, over time, an area of the college where they feel a sense of ownership and can become more deeply involved as champions.
As of March, the Leadership Council consists of 34 members who represent a broad spectrum of organizations and institutions in Boston and beyond. Among them are James Brett, president and CEO of The New England Council; Michael S. Dukakis, former governor of Massachusetts; Thomas Glynn, CEO and executive director of the Massachusetts Port Authority; Kerry Murphy Healey, former lieutenant governor and current president of Babson College; Jackie Jenkins-Scott, president of Wheelock College; Alan Khazei, founder and CEO of Be The Change; James Rooney, executive director of the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority; Andrew Tarsy, president of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate; and Barry B. White, former United States ambassador to Norway.
Also sitting on the council are McCormack Graduate School alumni David Castagnetti, a partner at Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti Inc.; J.D. Chesloff, president and CEO of the Massachusetts Business Roundtable; Vincent G. Loporchio, senior vice president of Fidelity Investments; and Lily Mendez-Morgan, chief operating officer for the American Red Cross of Massachusetts.
Others are prominent figures in the worlds of community activism, finance, law, and marketing and communications.
McCormack's Dean Ira A. Jackson is enthusiastic about the insight that the Leadership Council will be able to provide. “I’m honored and excited to be working with such a distinguished group of local and global leaders including some of the best minds in the fields of public management, environmental policy, and public service. I look forward to receiving and implementing their advice as McCormack strives to improve upon its currents programs and continues to grow.”
The first convening of the Leadership Council was held on March 6 at The Boston Foundation, thanks to its president and CEO Paul S. Grogan who also joins the council and who has been appointed the 2014 Robert C. Wood Visiting Professor of Public and Urban Affairs at McCormack Graduate School.
A full list of council members and their affiliations can be found on our website.