Barbara Dyer


Barbara Dyer


Barbara Dyer is a Senior Lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management and Executive Director of the Good Companies, Good Jobs Initiative at MIT Sloan School. Dyer focuses her attention at the intersection of people, profit, and technology. As Executive Director of the Good Companies, Good Jobs Initiative within Sloan’s Institute for Work and Employment Research (IWER), Dyer is working to facilitate the cross-fertilization of ideas about making work work for everyone in the 21st century.

Prior to joining the MIT faculty, Dyer was president and CEO of The Hitachi Foundation. Under her leadership, the Foundation was an influential force in bringing focus to the role of business in society. She was instrumental in shaping major national collaborative philanthropic initiatives that received high honors proffered by the Council on Foundations, including the Critical Impact and the Distinguished Grantmaker awards.

Dyer’s extensive career in public policy included serving as special assistant to the Secretary of the United States Department of the Interior; director of policy studies with the Council of Governors’ Policy Advisors; an affiliate of the National Governors’ Association; deputy executive director of the Western Regional Office of the Council of State Governments; and founding director of the National Academy of Public Administration’s Alliance for Redesigning Government. Earlier in her career she served as executive director of a community nonprofit organization in Alameda County, California, and helped to launch an experimental school within a public high school as a teacher in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Dyer has been a trustee of Clark University and was a member the American University School of Public Affairs Dean’s Advisory Council. She also cofounded and was the first chair of the National Fund for Workforce Solutions. She is a graduate of Clark University and the John F. Kennedy School of Government’s Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government. 



Dyer wins Aspen Institute Award


"Did You Feel the Ground Shake on July 22?"

Dyer, Barbara. Did You Feel the Ground Shake on July 22?. July 2014.

"SOURCE: Helping Social Entrepreneurs Help Low Income Families."

Dyer, Barbara and Devin Thorpe. Forbes, May 2014.

"Philanthropic Innovations for Workforce Impact: The National Fund for Workforce Solutions, 2003-2013."

Dyer, Barbara, Robert P. Giloth, Richard Kazis, and Marlene Seltzer. In Connecting People to Work: Workforce Intermediaries and Sector Strategies, 87-112. New York, NY: The Aspen Institute, 2014.

"Great Companies, Great Jobs."

Dyer, Barbara. Great Companies, Great Jobs. April 2014.

"The Role of Business in Society."

Dyer, Barbara. The Hitachi Foundation, April 2014.

"Entrepreneurs and Investors at the Intersection of People & Profit."

Dyer, Barbara. Entrepreneurs and Investors at the Intersection of People & Profit. April 2014.

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