Mary Jo Meisner

Fellow, Advanced Leadership Initiative at Harvard University
Mary Jo Meisner
Prior to being selected as an Advanced Leadership Initiative Fellow, Meisner served as Vice President for Communications, Community Relations and Public Affairs at the Boston Foundation for 15 years. She initiated and was responsible for all of the Foundation’s communications, media and government relations, and its civic leadership activities, including the Boston Indicators Project and the Foundation’s public policy efforts.
 
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 is a member of the American Society of Newspaper Editors (ASNE) and the International Press Institute, of which she is still a member of the board. She has served as a Pulitzer Prize juror three times. In addition, she has taught various writing, editing, journalism ethics and management courses at the Maynard Institute, The Poynter Institute and the American Press Institute.
 
She serves on the boards of uAspire; the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Boston; College Bound Dorchester; Massachusetts General Hospital for Children; MassChallenge and the Head of the Charles Regatta. She also is a member of the Advisory Boards of WBUR and the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston at Harvard Kennedy School. Meisner was the recipient of the 2012 Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Pinnacle Award for Achievement in Nonprofit Management. She has one son and lives in Boston.