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Faculty Advisory Board

The Faculty Advisory Board is a diverse group of Harvard educators with a keen interest in improving the governance of the Greater Boston region. The board meets on a regular basis and plays a valuable role in advising the Rappaport Institute staff on current and potential projects.

David M. Cutler is the Otto Eckstein Professor of Applied Economics in the Harvard Department of Economics and Kennedy School of Government, and he also serves as Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences for Social Sciences. His work in health economics and public economics has earned him significant academic and public acclaim. He served on the Council of Economic Advisers and the National Economic Council during the Clinton administration, advised the presidential campaigns of Bill Bradley and John Kerry, and has held positions with the National Institutes of Health and the National Academy of Sciences. Currently, Professor Cutler is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and a member of the Institute of Medicine. He is the author of Your Money or Your Life: Strong Medicine for America’s Health Care System (Oxford University Press, 2004).

David M. Cutler

Gerald Frug is the Louis D. Brandeis Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. Educated at the University of California at Berkeley and Harvard Law School, he worked as a Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, in Washington, D.C., and as Health Services Administrator of the City of New York before he began teaching in 1974 at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He joined the Harvard faculty in 1981. Professor Frug's specialty is local government law, a subject he has taught for more than twenty-five years. He has published dozens of articles on the topic and is the author, among other works, of a casebook on Local Government Law (4th edition 2006, with David Barron and Richard T. Ford), Dispelling the Myth of Home Rule (2004, with David Barron and Rick Su), and City Making: Building Communities without Building Walls (Princeton University Press 1999).

Gerald Frug

Thomas Payzant is a senior lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Prior to that, he served as superintendent of the Boston Public Schools from October of 1995 until his retirement in June of 2006. Before coming to Boston, he was appointed by President Clinton to serve as assistant secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education with the United States Department of Education. Over the past decade he has led a number of significant systemic reform efforts that have helped narrow the achievement gap and increase student performance on both state and national assessment exams. In addition to his tenure in Boston, Payzant has served as Superintendent of Schools in San Diego, Oklahoma City, Eugene, Oregon, and Springfield, Pennsylvania. In 1998, he was named Massachusetts Superintendent of the Year. In 2004, he received the Richard R. Green Award for Excellence in Urban Education from the Council on Great City Schools. And Governing Magazine named Payzant one of eight "Public Officials of the Year" in 2005. Payzant also received the McGraw Prize for his leadership of the San Diego school system from 1982 through 1993.

Thomas Payzant

Christopher Winship is the Diker-Tishman Professor of Sociology at Harvard University and a research associate in Harvard’s Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations. He has chaired the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Standing Committee on Public Service and the expert panel appointed by Kennedy School Dean David Ellwood to evaluate the Rappaport Institute in 2005. Prior to coming to Harvard in 1992, he was a Professor of Sociology, Statistics, and Economics at Northwestern University as well as a senior faculty research associate at the university's Institute for Policy Research. His current research interests include crime fighting in Boston, particularly the work of the Boston Ten Point Coalition, a group of black ministers who work with the Boston police to reduce youth violence, and the ways that residents of Boston and surrounding communities are involved with nonprofit groups.

Christopher Winship