• PHONE: 617-358-2768
  • EMAIL:  kmac@bu.edu
  • OFFICE: 501
  • OFFICE HOURS: By Appointment
    Questrom School of Business
    Rafik B. Hariri Building
    595 Commonwealth Avenue
    Boston, MA 02215


Kristen J. McCormack is a Master Lecturer and Executive In Residence in the Organizational Behavior Department at the Questrom School of Business at Boston University where she  enjoys engaging graduate, undergraduate and executive learners in the complexities of leading and managing mission driven organizations especially in the nonprofit sector. Ms. McCormack also serves as the Faculty Director of the Boston University Nonprofit Management and Leadership Certificate Program, a mid-career executive program for nonprofit leaders.

Courses taught include: Managing Organizations and Individuals, Nonprofit Management and Leadership, Creating Value in a Global Economy, Management Consulting, the Latin America Field Seminar, Global Sustainability, Building Sustainable Food Systems, Social Entrepreneurship and Strategic Philanthropy and Fundraising.

Ms. McCormack has more than twenty-five years of experience leading and managing organizations in the public, nonprofit and private sectors with an emphasis on education, youth and creating 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 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 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 an advisor, mentor, board member and volunteer to dozens of non-profit organizations and their leaders in and around Boston. She currently serves as a Trustee of the Charles Hayden Foundation and the William and Bertha Schrafft Charitable Trust.

She is the co-author of Profiting from Purpose: Profiles of Success and Challenge in Eight Social Purpose Businesses.

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. Her current interests include leading in a digital economy, organizational change and viticulture. 

  • EDUCATION Open or Close

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

    BA, University of Massachusetts, Community Planning, 1982.

  • CURRENT COURSESOpen or Close

    GSM OB712 F1 Leading Organizations and People

    GSM OB712 X1 Leading Organizations and People

    GSM OB840 D1 Management Consulting Field Project



      McCormack, K. (Presenter Only). Lunch with a Leader, Lunch with a Leader, Young Nonprofit Professionals Network, Boston. (March 21, 2012).

      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). 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). Providers Council Annual Conference, Social Enterprise Models, The Provider's Council, Boston, MA. (November 1, 2010).

      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).

      McCormack, K. (Presenter Only). Annual Conference, Cultivating and Keeping Funders: What Nonprofits Should be Doing Now, Association of Fundraising Professionals, Massachusetts Chapter, Boston, MA. (November 17, 2009).

      McCormack, K. (Presenter Only). Annual Meeting and Conference, Getting Ready for Income Generating Revenue, Mass Nonprofit Network and Associated Grantmakers of Massachusetts, Worcester, MA. (November 13, 2009).

      McCormack, K. (Presenter Only). Strengthening Nonprofits in the Age of Precarious Resources, Effective Nonprofit Practices, Massachusetts Nonprofit Network, Bentley College. (October 24, 2008).

      McCormack, K. (Presenter Only). Haifa Conference on Social Responsibility, "The Role of Nonprofit Organizations in Social Responsibility", University of Haifa, Haifa, Israel. (March 20, 2007).

      McCormack, K. (Presenter & Author). Seeds of Peace Delegation Leaders Conference, Project Management in Volunteer Organizations, Seeds of Peace, Istanbul, Turkey. (April 28, 2006).

      McCormack, K. (Presenter & Author). Seeds of Peace Delegation Leaders Conference, Volunteer Management, Seeds of Peace, Istanbul, Turkey. (April 26, 2006).

      McCormack, K. (Presenter & Author). Boston Haifa Partnership Council of Voluntary Organizations, Volunteer Management, Jewish Community Relations Council - Boston, Haifa, Israel. (March 1, 2006).


      McCormack, K. (Presenter Only). 2010 Experiential Education Conference: Best Practices in Field Based Learning, Linking Field Based Learning to MBA courses, Harvard Business School, Cambridge, MA. (May 28, 2010).

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  • DIRECTORSHIPOpen or Close

    Trustee, Charles Hayden Foundation

    Trustee, Schrafft Charitable Trust

    Trustee, Neighborhood House Charter School