• Phone: 617-358-2768
  • E-Mail:  kmac@bu.edu
  • Office: 501
  • Office Hours: By Appointment
  • Address: Boston University School of Management
    595 Commonwealth Avenue
    Boston, MA 02215

Profile Summary

Kristen J. McCormack is the Assistant Dean for Sector Initiatives at the Boston University School of Management, integrating social enterprise, sustainability, health and life sciences and digital technology into the student experience. Ms. McCormack also serves as Faculty Director of the Institute for Nonprofit Management and Leadership at Boston University's School of Management. Her teaching centers on stakeholder management, creating shared value and change management in the public and nonprofit sectors with an emphasis on effective cross sector partnerships. She is the co-author of Profiting from Purpose: Profiles of Success and Challenge in Eight Social Purpose Businesses. McCormack, a Master Lecturer in the Organizational Behavior Department teaches the popular Management Consulting Field Project course, Managing Individuals and Organizations, Global Sustainability and Creating Value in a Global Economy. Ms McCormack also leads the MBA Global Brazil Field Seminar.
Ms. McCormack has more than twenty five years of experience in the public, nonprofit and private sectors leading mission driven organizations with an emphasis on education, youth and sustainable food systems. 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, farmers and government to address the issue of hunger in urban environments. Ms. McCormack served for several years 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 many of 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 initiating award winning youth programming and founding the All Dorchester Sports League. Frustrated by the slow progress of education reform in Boston, she founded one of the first public charter schools in Massachusetts, the Neighborhood House Charter School in Dorchester, a high performing K-8 public charter school serving 400 Boston students and their families.
Ms. McCormack is as an advisor, board member and volunteer to dozens of nonprofit organizations in and around Boston. She currently serves as a Trustee of the Charles Hayden Foundation and Schrafft Charitable Trust. Ms. McCormack holds an MBA with a concentration in Public and Nonprofit Management from Boston University and an undergraduate degree in Community Planning with a concentration in Tax Theory from the University of Massachusetts. She is a long time resident of the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston where she resides with her family.

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    MBA, Boston University, Public and Nonprofit Management, 1991.

    BA, University of Massachusetts, Community Planning, 1982.

  • Current CoursesOpen or Close

    GSM IM852 A1 Brazil Field Seminar

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    Invited Lectures:

      McCormack, K., (Panelist), E2 Third Annual Conference on Experiential Education in Business Schools, Outcomes Measurement in Experiential Education., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. (June 28, 2011).

      McCormack, K., (Presenter Only), Sustainability Practices in the U.S., LASSU-PCS-EPUSP – Laboratório de Sustentabilidade em TICDepto de Engenharia de Computação e Sistemas DigitaisEscola Politécnica – Universidade de São Paulo, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sao Paulo, Brazil. (July 27, 2011).

      McCormack, K., (Presenter Only), Innovation for Sustainability, Challenges and Opportunities in Achieving Business Sustainability, Assintecal - Brazilian Association of Companies for Leather, Footwear and Related Goods, Sao Paulo Brazil. (July 26, 2011).

      McCormack, K., (Panelist), Waiting for Superman Premier Screening, Future of urban public school education., United Neighborhood Centers of America, East End House, Cambridge, MA. (September 29, 2010).

      McCormack, K., (Presenter Only), Bradesco Foundation Annual Conference, Innovation and Technology in Education: A Three Country Comparison, Bradesco Foundation, Campinas, Brazil. (November 19, 2009).

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  • DirectorshipOpen or Close

    Trustee, Charles Hayden Foundation

    Trustee, Schrafft Charitable Trust

    Trustee, Neighborhood House Charter School