Allen S. Grossman

Allen S. Grossman


Allen S. Grossman serves part time as a Senior Fellow at Harvard Business School, where he spent 15 years as a respected professor before his retirement in early 2013. Passionate about education, nonprofit governance and social entrepreneurship, his current research includes projects that examine the leadership and management of public schools.

Before joining the faculty at Harvard University, he was President and CEO of Outward Bound USA, a nonprofit organization that uses outdoor education and travel to develop character and leadership skills in youth and adults.

Prior to his work in the nonprofit sector, Grossman was Regional Chief Executive of Albert Fisher PLC and Chairman of the Board of Grossman Paper Company. Throughout his career he has served on and chaired several nonprofit and for-profit boards.

Grossman has also written extensively on the challenges of leading high-performing nonprofit organizations and public school districts. Among other works, he is co-author of “High Performance Nonprofit Organizations: Managing Upstream for Greater Impact,” published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. and the article “Virtuous Capital: What Foundations Can Learn from Venture Capitalists,” published by the Harvard Business Review.

He holds a B.S. in corporate finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.