Paul S. Grogan Biography

Paul S. Grogan is President and CEO of the Boston Foundation. Under Mr. Grogan’s leadership the Foundation has become a highly influential civic convener, has boosted fundraising, launched high-impact initiatives in key areas like education, health and wellness and youth violence prevention, and merged with The Philanthropic Initiative, a philanthropic advisory service.

Mr. Grogan joined the Boston Foundation from Harvard University, where he served as Vice President for Government, Community and Public Affairs and spearheaded unprecedented University commitments to the community.  While at Harvard, Mr. Grogan also created a national organization, “CEOs for Cities,” a global learning community dedicated to making cities successful. 

From 1986 through 1998, he was President and CEO of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), the nation’s largest community development intermediary.  During his term, LISC raised and invested more than $3 billion of private capital across America and contributed to a string of policy successes, including the Low Income Housing Tax Credit, the HOME program, the strengthening of the Community Reinvestment Act and the creation of the New Markets Tax Credit. 

Mr. Grogan’s 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 early 1980s, pioneering a series of public/private ventures, including the Boston Housing Partnership and the Boston Compact, which have been widely emulated by other cities. 

Mr. Grogan graduated with honors in American History from Williams College, earned a Masters degree in Administration from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and was awarded a Bicentennial Medal from Williams College for his leadership in inner-city revitalization efforts.  Mr. Grogan is a founder and director of The Community Development Trust, a director of New Profit Inc., and a trustee of Brandeis University.  He previously served on the Boards of Williams College, FSG Social Impact Advisors, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. He is the co-author, with Tony Proscio, of the book, Comeback Cities.