Management Team

Building on Success


Paul S. Grogan

President & CEO

Paul S. Grogan serves as President and CEO of the Boston Foundation. With assets of over $1.3 billion, the Foundation distributed $130 million to nonprofit organizations in fiscal year 2018. Mr. Grogan joined the Foundation from Harvard University, where he served as Vice President for Government, Community and Public Affairs and as a Senior Lecturer at the Harvard Business School. In 2001, Mr. Grogan founded “CEOs for Cities” a civic innovation lab and network of urban leaders and change agents from diverse sectors.

Prior to 1998, he was President and CEO of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), where he raised and invested over $3 billion of private capital in inner-city revitalization efforts across America. His passion for cities began in Boston where he served Mayors Kevin H. White and Raymond L. Flynn. He headed Boston’s neighborhood revitalization efforts in the 1980s, where he helped pioneer a series of public/private ventures that have been widely emulated by other cities.

Mr. Grogan graduated with honors in American History from Williams College and holds a Master’s degree in Administration from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Williams College awarded Mr. Grogan a Bicentennial Medal for his leadership in inner-city revitalization efforts. He holds honorary degrees from The Boston Architectural College, The Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology, The Urban College of Boston, Mount Ida College and Suffolk University Sawyer Business College.

Mr. Grogan is a founder and director of The Community Development Trust; a director of New Profit Inc., and a former trustee of Williams College, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. He is co-author with Tony Proscio of the book, Comeback Cities.

Mr. Grogan has been on the CDT Board since 1998 and his present term expires in 2021.