Barbara Dyer is president & CEO of The Hitachi Foundation and a Senior Lecturer at MIT’s Sloan School of Management.
Ms. Dyer has focused the Foundation on the role of business in society at the intersection of people and profits. With a mission to discover, demonstrate and expand business practices that both measurably improve economic opportunities for low-wealth individuals in the U.S. and enhance long-term business value, two signature programs, Good Companies @ Work and Entrepreneurship @ Work focus on business practices in early-stage and mature enterprises.
Under Ms. Dyer’s leadership the Foundation has been influential in the fields shaping business and has been instrumental in launching major award-winning national initiatives – including SOURCE: Solutions from Our Country’s Entrepreneurs ; Jobs to Careers with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the United States Department of Labor; and the National Fund for Workforce Solutions. Ms. Dyer served as the National Fund’s inaugural Chair from 2008 through September 2010, presiding over its growth from an idea to one of the nation’s leading innovations in workforce development and philanthropic collaboration.
At MIT’s Sloan School of Management, Ms. Dyer is anchored in the Institute for Work and Employment Research (IWER) and affiliated with Sloan’s Initiative on the Digital Economy, Sustainability Initiative, and the Healthcare group.
Ms. Dyer had an extensive career in public policy having served as Special Assistant to the Secretary of the United States Department of the Interior in the Carter Administration and posts at the National Academy of Public, the National Governors Association the Western Regional Office of the Council of State Governments. In her early career she was executive director of Girls Inc. of Alameda County and a high school teacher. Ms. Dyer is a graduate of Clark University where she is currently a Trustee.