Paul S. Grogan
President & CEO
The Boston Foundation
Paul S. Grogan became the president and CEO of The Boston Foundation, one of the nation’s oldest and largest community foundations in 2001. With assets of more than $850 million, the Foundation distributed grants of more than $75 million to nonprofit organizations throughout the Greater Boston community in 2011. During his time at the foundation, Grogan has boosted fundraising and streamlined operations while also launching high-impact initiatives in education, youth violence prevention, community development, health care and the arts, among others. Under Grogan’s leadership the foundation has become a highly influential civic convener on issues and challenges facing the City of Boston and the region.
Grogan joined The Boston Foundation from Harvard University, where he served as vice president for government, community and public affairs from 1999 to 2001. He was also a senior lecturer at the Harvard Business School. While at Harvard, Grogan created a national organization, CEOs for Cities, whose members are big city mayors, business leaders, university presidents and foundation executives. CEOs for Cities holds semi-annual conferences and publishes cutting edge research on the nature of successful urban economies.
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. LISC also made vital contributions to a string of national policy successes, including the creation of the Low Income Housing Tax Credit, the establishment of the HOME program, the strengthening of the Community Reinvestment Act and the creation of the New Markets Tax Credit.
Grogan’s passion for cities began in Boston where he served Mayors Kevin H. White and Raymond L. Flynn in a variety of staff and line positions. He headed Boston’s neighborhood revitalization efforts in the early 1980s, where he helped pioneer a series of public/private ventures that have been widely emulated by other cities. These included the Boston Housing Partnership and the Boston Compact, a partnership between the city’s corporate community and public school system.
Grogan is the co-author, with Tony Proscio, of the book, "Comeback Cities," published in 2000.
He is a trustee of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; a founder and director of The Community Development Trust; a director of New Profit Inc., and the Buckingham, Browne and Nichols School and a former trustee of Williams College. In 1997, Williams College awarded Grogan a Bicentennial Medal for his leadership in inner-city revitalization efforts.
Grogan graduated with honors from Williams College in 1972 and earned a master's degree in administration from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 1979.