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Boston College School of Social Work

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Tiziana Dearing

Tiziana Dearing

Professor of Macro Practice, Global Practice
Co-Director, Center for Social Innovation
Founding Co-Director, RISE3

Tiziana Dearing is Professor for Macro Practice and Co-Director of the Center for Social Innovation at Boston College. She is a Co-Founding Director, with Ruth McRoy and David Takeuchi, of the Research and Innovations in Social, Economic, and Environmental Equity (RISE3) at Boston College. Her current teaching focuses on social innovation and leadership. Additional research and teaching interests include race, poverty and inequity, especially in urban environments, nonprofits and philanthropy, and social justice in public policy.

Professor Dearing comes to the School of Social Work from the world of practice, where she led a number of anti-poverty organizations, including Boston Rising, a start-up anti-poverty fund, and Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Boston, where she was the first woman president. Professor Dearing also served as the Executive Director of the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard University and spent nearly a decade as a management consultant both to Fortune 500 companies and to mission-driven nonprofit organizations.

Professor Dearing regularly provides media expertise for local and national outlets such as The Hill,, MSNBC, BBC and NECN.  She is a news analyst for WBUR’s Radio Boston and blogs for The Huffington Post and WBUR’s Cognoscenti.  In 2017, she joined forces with Boston College Carroll School of Management Professor Mary Cronin to edit Managing for Social Impact: Innovations in Responsible Enterprise.

Professor Dearing serves on the board of SparkShare and on several advisory councils, such as 90.9 WBUR, UTEC, and InncerCity Weightlifting. She has served as a member of the editorial board of the Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, a scholarly journal on the nonprofit sector, and in 2012 was appointed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to serve on Governor Patrick’s Commission on a Cashless EBT Payment System.

Tiziana Dearing & Cronin Debut Top-Ranked Book in Business Ethics: Managing for Social Impact »

Watch Tiziana Dearing and Mary Cronin on Managing for Social Impact »

RISE3 Publishes Data-Driven Reports from Partnership with Obama White House

Read Tiziana Dearing's Opinion piece for CNN entitled 'The confusion that's driving support for Trump' »

Read Tiziana Dearing’s Opinion piece for The Hill on “Five Issues to Keep Poverty on the Agenda in 2016” »

Watch Tiziana Dearing discuss the disappearing middle class in America on MSNBC »

Listen to Tiziana Dearing discuss the recent shooting in South Carolina of an unarmed black man by a white police officer on WBZ NightSide with Dan Rea and how the event is embedded in a national conversation on race relations.  »

Watch Tiziana Dearing's interview on WGBH 'Greater Boston' regarding the participatory budget process being implemented in Cambridge.  »

Read Tiziana Dearing's blog on the Huffington Post »

Follow Tiziana Dearing on Twitter »