Daniel LesserPublic & Nonprofit MBA*, Concentration: Leadership & Organizational Transformation Amherst, MA
“I have been able to add value through my consulting projects with non-profits including Perkins School for the Blind during Link-Day, and Haley House and Dudley Dough.”
*Renamed Social Impact MBA beginning in 2018
Questrom’s MBA program has helped Daniel Lesser make an impact right here in our state. With a passion that runs deep for social change, Lesser aspires to lead the social impact field in Massachusetts.
He always had this sort of mission for change. Before Questrom, Lesser worked as a community organizer focusing on issues like: improving schools, immigrant rights, improving police-community relations, gang-violence prevention, and job creation. For his last four years in this role he was the Executive Director of a non-profit responsible for grass-roots community organizing in Lynn, Massachusetts.
His work in that role paid off, quite literally. His organization played a considerable part in the minimum wage in Massachusetts increasing from eight to eleven dollars. The organization also contributed to the passing of a ballot initiative which mandated Massachusetts workers to earn paid sick time through their employers.
Once at Questrom, Lesser took advantage of all that Boston has to offer. As a way to build on his Questrom education, Lesser got involved in internships around the city that spoke to his passion for being a leader of social change. He worked as a summer fellow at the Mayor’s office of New Urban Mechanics at the City of Boston. The office serves as Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s civic innovation group, piloting experiments that offer the potential to significantly improve the quality of city services. He explains this experience, “Over the summer, I had the chance to think about how innovation and change happens in the public sector,” he says, “I worked specifically on how to improve road safety in Boston with the goal of lowering the number of deaths and serious crashes on Boston’s roadways.”
Lesser says that Questrom has given him the chance to hone his skills in creating effective social change focused non-profits. He explains, “I have been able to add value through my consulting projects with non-profits including Perkins School for the Blind during Link-Day, and Haley House and Dudley Dough.” He says he also has created valuable change through his coaching of first year MBA students where he helped them “have more effective team dynamics.”
Looking forward to what’s next, Lesser sees himself in a leadership role in operations or strategy at a “large change focused non-profit.” He says, “I am also exploring options to go back to work for the City of Boston. I’d like to work for organizations that are tackling economic and racial inequality.”
Lesser says he “chose BU because of its highly regarded public and non-profit program.” His experiences thus far in his concentrated program are proof that Questrom was the right choice.