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Harry S. Kahn Senior Lecturer in Social Policy
Assistant: Ashley Davis

Julie Boatright Wilson is the Harry Kahn Senior Lecturer in Social Policy. She is the Faculty co-Chair of two Harvard Kennedy School executive programs: Performance Measurement for Effective Management of Nonprofit Organizations (joint with Harvard Business School) and Leading Successful Social Programs: Using Evidence to Assess Effectiveness. Her teaching and research focuses on poverty policy, family policy, and child welfare and juvenile justice issues.  She also teaches courses in research design and research methods.  Among her recent projects are several case studies on adoption from public agencies, child welfare and juvenile justice reform, and community-based strategies for strengthening families' capacities to parent. Wilson spent three years at the New York State Department of Social Services, where she directed the Office of Program Planning, Analysis, and Development.


Executive Education Programs

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Outside Professional Activities For Julie Boatright Wilson

Board Memberships

Harvard Square Homeless Shelter Corporation, Pres.  (member since 2000).  This board raises funds for the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter which is located in the basement of University Lutheran Church.  Most funds are raised through an annual campaign among Cambridge residents.  The board also mentors student volunteer directors of the shelter.   Unpaid.

Massachusetts Child Welfare Data Assessment, member.  (Since 2018)  Members of this group, required by the state legislature, are appointed by the Massachusetts Child Advocate and the Massachusetts Commissioner of the Department of Children and Families.  The group meets several times a year to review data on Department performance and design , meets periodically to review the .  Unpaid


Status and needs of LGBTQI+ children, youth and their families in Massachusetts.


Phone: 617-495-8302
Assistant: Ashley Davis


Human Rights
Social Policy
Fairness & Justice
Cities & Communities
Gender, Race & Identity
Poverty, Inequality & Opportunity

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