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John D. Macomber      

Senior Lecturer of Business Administration

John Macomber is a Senior Lecturer in the Finance unit at Harvard Business School. His professional background includes leadership of real estate, construction, services, and technology businesses. At HBS, Mr. Macomber is engaged in the Business and Environment Initiative and Social Enterprise Initiative. He teaches Finance, Real Estate, Urbanization, and Entrepreneurship courses in the elective curriculum and in Executive Education. He is the former Chairman and CEO of the George B H Macomber Company, a large regional general contractor; and a principal in several real estate partnerships in Massachusetts. In the community, John is active with Young Presidents Organization (YPO), Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston, the Appalachian Mountain Club, and Mount Auburn Hospital. He serves on the board of Vela Systems and is a past director of Boston Private Bank.

Courses include: "Real Property Asset Management," "Real Estate Development, Design, and Construction," "Sustainable Cities: Urbanization, Infrastructure, and Finance," and "Cleantech: Competing on Resource Efficiency." He is part of the teaching team for "Field Course: Innovation in Business, Energy, and Environment". He is chair or co-chair of Executive Education programs including "Real Estate Management," "Real Estate Executive Seminar," and "Develop India: Real Estate Strategies for Growth." Mr. Macomber also teaches "Economics, Strategy, and Sustainability" at the Harvard Design School. Prior to coming to HBS, John was a lecturer at MIT in Civil Engineering and Real Estate.

Mr. Macomber is a graduate of Dartmouth College (Mathematics in the Social Sciences) and Harvard Business School.


Q&A: John D. Macomber

When news came that the Harvard Business School was introducing two executive education programs I was especially intrigued by the one called Investing in Sustainable, Competitive Cities (March 5-8, 2014). Short, but rigorous, the course promises to create the necessary—and very timely—connection between the earth, its processes and its inhabitants, and the powerful business community.

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