Kristen McCormack

SMG Prof. McCormack Teaching ClassExecutive in Residence, Organizational Behavior Department
Senior Lecturer, Organizational Behavior Department
Advisor, Sustainable Neighborhood Lab at Boston University
Faculty Director, Institute for Nonprofit Management and Leadership

MBA, Boston University
BA, University of Massachusetts

Boston University School of Management
595 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02115 USA
Room 501
Phone: (617) 358-2768
Fax: (617) 353-5244

Research Interests:

  • Public and Nonprofit Management
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Expansion and scaling of nonprofit organizations
  • Management of faith based organizations

Courses Taught:

GSM IM 852 A1 Brazil Field Seminar

Brief Biography:

Kristen J. McCormack is an accomplished lecturer, writer and entrepreneur whose work is focused on global sustainability and global cross sector partnerships. She co-created and co-teaches the popular Global Sustainability course for MBA students at Boston University as well as the innovative Management Consulting Field Project and the Brazil Field Seminar, each of which emphasize global sustainability themes.  Ms. McCormack’s work is focused on the effective leveraging of stakeholder groups to create the change that is required to build sustainable business enterprises.  Ms. McCormack also serves on the Steering Committee for the Sustainable Neighborhood Lab, an effort that addresses the challenges of creating sustainable urban ecosystems through multi-disciplinary research, education and practice.

Ms. McCormack has more than twenty five years of experience in the public, nonprofit and private sectors leading mission driven organizations. She began her career in the nonprofit sector as the Founding Executive Director of the Boston Food Bank, where she worked collaboratively with the food industry to address the issue of hunger in the inner city.  Ms. McCormack served for nearly a decade in Boston city government as Director of the Mayor’s Office of Jobs and Community Services, Deputy Budget Director and Deputy Director of the City’s Redevelopment Authority where she facilitated the city’s partnerships with civic organizations, trade unions, nonprofit organizations and business to shape innovative policy and programs focused on jobs, economic development and education.  Returning to her neighborhood roots, McCormack led the financial and programmatic turnaround of one of Boston’s largest multi-service organizations. Frustrated by the slow progress of education reform in Boston, she founded one of the first public charter schools in Massachusetts in 1995,  the Neighborhood House Charter School in Dorchester, a high performing K-8 public charter school serving 400 of Boston’s poorest families.

Ms. McCormack has served as an advisor, board member and consultant to dozens of nonprofit organizations over the years coaching in the areas of fundraising and strategy.  She has served as an Adjunct Faculty member at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and Suffolk University.  She currently serves as a Trustee of the Charles Hayden Foundation, Schrafft Charitable Trust and International Paper Brazil’s Foundation. Ms. McCormack holds an MBA with a concentration in Public and Nonprofit Management from Boston University and an undergraduate degree in Community Planning from the University of Massachusetts. She is the co-author of Profiting from Purpose: Profiles of Success and Challenge in Eight Social Purpose Businesses. She resides in Dorchester, Massachusetts with her family.