Mary Jo Meisner (Board HIstorian)

Mary Jo Meisner (Board HIstorian)

Fellow, Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative

Mary Jo Meisner is a Fellow at the Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative. Prior to being selected as a fellow for 2017, Meisner was Vice President for Communications, Community Relations, and Public Affairs at the Boston Foundation for 15 years, where she was responsible for all of the Foundation’s communications, media, and government relations;  its public policy efforts and civic leadership activities, including the Boston Indicators Project.

Prior to joining the Foundation in 2001, Meisner spent 25 years in the newspaper business. Most recently, she was Editor and Vice Chairman of Community Newspaper Company of Boston.  Prior to that, she was Editor of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; Managing Editor of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram; City Editor of the Washington Post; Metro Editor of the San Jose Mercury News; and City Editor of the Philadelphia Daily News.  She has served as a juror for the Pulitzer Prize numerous times and has taught journalism ethics at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies.

She serves on numerous  nonprofit and for profit boards in Boston, including uAspire; MassChallenge; Massachusetts General Hospital for Children; the Boys and Girls Club of Boston; WBUR ; College Bound Dorchester; the Head of the Charles Regatta; and CeltiCare Health.