MS MARGARET MCKENNA.
Margaret McKenna, a lawyer and educator, is a leading expert in educational
opportunity and philanthropy. From 2007 to 2011, McKenna served as president of
the Walmart Foundation, the largest corporate entity of its kind in the United States.
In 2010, the Foundation provided over $900 million dollars in cash and in-kind to
McKenna developed the strategic priorities of the foundation and coordinated its
international, national and local programs. Walmart has become the leader in fighting
hunger and a major participant in educational opportunity in the United States.
McKenna, President Emeritus and Professor of Leadership at Lesley
University, led Lesley from a small regional college to a nationally recognized
university with one of the leading teacher training programs in the country. The
Student Center and a Chair in Leadership and Social Change were named to
recognize her contributions during her twenty-two years as president.
McKenna came to Lesley from Radcliff College, Harvard University, where she
served as director of the Bunting Institute and Vice President. Prior to Radcliff, she
has a distinguished career in federal government as a civil rights lawyer with the
Department of Justice, Deputy Under Secretary of Education and Deputy White
House Counsel, under President Jimmy Carter. McKenna started her career as a
civil rights lawyer in the United States Department of Justice.
McKenna serves on a number of boards: Dominion Resources; America’s Promise;
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the Boston Chamber of Commerce. She
has served previously on Stride Rite; Best Company; Bay Bank; United States
Administrative Council; American Council on Education, among others.
She led Education transition teams for President Clinton and for the Mayor of
Boston and has served on national and state commissions and task forces on
judicial appointments,early childhood policy, hunger relief, workforce programs and
The recipient of nine Honorary Degrees, McKenna has received awards from a
varietyof national and regional organizations including Meals on Wheels, Feeding
America,Women’s Equity Action League, Big Sister, Council of Independent
Colleges, the International Tallories Network of Universities, City Year and the
Boston Chamber of Commerce.
The author of numerous articles, McKenna has spoken at national and international
meetings on issues of leadership, social justice, educational opportunity and the role
and impact of philanthropy. Politics: participated in several presidential and state –
wide election, serving as a state director in a presidential campaign, a voter fraud
lawyer and a policy advisor.