Paul Grogan

Paul S. Grogan

Paul S. Grogan became the President and CEO of the Boston Foundation, one of the nation’s oldest and largest community foundations, on July 1, 2001. With assets of $695 million, the Foundation and its donors made $86 million in grants to nonprofit organizations throughout the Greater Boston community in 2009. Mr. Grogan joined the Foundation from Harvard University, where he served as Vice President for Government, Community and Public Affairs from 1999 to 2001. As one of five vice presidents of the University, he oversaw all government relations for Harvard, relations with Harvard’s host communities of Cambridge and Boston, and the Harvard news office. He was also a Senior Lecturer at the Harvard Business School. Mr. Grogan spearheaded unprecedented University commitments to the community, including $21 million for affordable housing and $5 million for the Harvard After-School Initiative. He successfully transformed the University’s previously poor relationship with the City of Boston, which paved the way for Harvard to double its property holdings in the Allston neighborhood with the public blessing of the Mayor, local neighborhood groups and the editorial page of the Boston Globe. From 1986 through 1998, he was President and CEO of the nonprofit Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), the nation’s largest community development intermediary. During his term as president, LISC raised and invested more than $3 billion of private capital in inner-city revitalization efforts across America, all channeled through local nonprofit community development corporations. Mr. Grogan graduated with a degree with honors in American History from Williams College in 1972 and earned a Masters degree in Administration from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 1979. Mr. Grogan is the co-author, with Tony Proscio, of the book Comeback Cities, published in 2000, which syndicated columnist Ron Brownstein of the Los Angeles Times has written is “arguably the most important and insightful book on the American city in a generation.” He and his wife, Karen Sunnarborg, a city planner, are raising three sons in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston.