Linda A. Mason

Leader in Residence, Center for Public Leadership at the Kennedy School, Harvard University

Ms. Mason is Leader in Residence at the Center for Public Leadership at the Kennedy School at Harvard University.  She also serves as Chair of the Global Leadership Council for Mercy Corps, a $450m international relief and development agency playing a major role in crisis areas around the world including Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, DRC, South Sudan, and Nigeria among others.  Ms. Mason travels extensively for Mercy Corps and has written and spoken extensively on humanitarian issues.  Earlier in her career she worked in Africa and Southeast Asia running emergency relief operations for CARE and Save the Children.  She is co-author of the book, Rice, Rivalry, and Politics – Managing Cambodian Relief.

Ms. Mason and her husband, Roger Brown, created and built Bright Horizons, the world’s largest worksite childcare organization.  Bright Horizons now operates over 1000 childcare centers and employs 30,000 people.  Bright Horizons was selected this year, for the 17th time, as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work for in America” by Fortune magazine. They also co-founded Horizons for Homeless Children, an organization providing childcare and related services to homeless children and their parents.  She is author of The Working Mother’s Guide to Life, published by Random House.

Linda Mason has her BA from Cornell University and her MBA from Yale School of Management.  She serves on the boards of The Packard Foundation, The Boston Foundation, Yale School of Management, Horizons for Homeless Children, Mercy Corps, and Bright Horizons.

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