Diane MacDonald

  • President and Chief Operating Officer
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Diane MacDonald is the Chief Operating Officer, responsible for developing, leading and promoting the efficient and effective operation of the Institute. MacDonald has proven results-oriented leadership abilities to effectively transform mission-driven organizations, by developing strong teams, fostering innovative solutions, and guiding the strategic investment of resources in people, projects and capabilities.

Diane MacDonald joined Forsyth in December 2014 as Chief Operating Officer. MacDonald is responsible for the efficient and effective delivery of operational, financial and administrative services and collaborative arrangements for the Forsyth Institute. In this role, she oversees core administrative functions for the Institute, as well as strategic planning, staff development, compliance and risk management. 

She has a breadth of finance and operations experience spanning her 30-year career in nonprofit, higher education and government settings. MacDonald most recently led financial and administrative operations at the Broad Institute as Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer. In her tenure at the Broad, she was responsible for establishing financial planning and business operations to first create a new institute and then enable the growth of the organization. In addition to her work with the Broad Institute, MacDonald has held leadership positions as the Director of Financial Planning for the Whitehead Institute/MIT Center for Genome Research, Director of Finance and Operations for Health Care for All & Community Catalyst, and served as the Budget Director for the City of Boston.

MacDonald holds a Master’s degree in Public Affairs, Urban and Regional Planning from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University and a B.A. from Eisenhower College with concentrations in Public Policy and Mathematics. She is a board member and Treasurer for Community Catalyst and has served on the board of the Mary Lyon Pilot High School in Boston.