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Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy
Assistant: Beth Tremblay

Thomas Glynn is an adjunct lecturer in public policy. From 1996 to 2010 he served as Chief Operating Officer of Partners Healthcare (now called “Mass General Brigham | Integrated Health Care System”), a network of Harvard hospitals, clinicians, and neighborhood health centers.  From 1983 to 1988 he served as Deputy Commissioner of Public Welfare in Massachusetts which included oversight of the Medicaid program.  In 1991 the Mayor of Boston asked him to chair the Mayor's Healthcare Commission with a focus on neighborhood health centers.  Glynn taught at the Harvard Kennedy School from 2010 - 2012, and was 2012 faculty chair of an executive program for new State Commissioners for Public Health.  Glynn has a PhD from Brandeis University's Heller School for Social Policy and Management and a BA from Tufts University.

Glynn served on the Board of Directors of the Pine Street Inn, an agency that serves the homeless, the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute for Health Professions, and several other non-profit healthcare organizations. 

In addition to his 20 year career in healthcare, Glynn has been a public manager as General Manager of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) and CEO of Massport.  Glynn is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and formerly served as a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress from 2010 - 2012.


Assistant: Beth Tremblay


Public Leadership & Management

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Harvard Kennedy School
79 John F. Kennedy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138