June 18, 2018
Global Institute for the Arts and Leadership Names Exec. Director

Michael McWilliams
May 14, 2017 — The Global Institute for the Arts and Leadership, a Needham-based nonprofit that engages artists, entrepreneurs, researchers, academics, consultants, and scientists to achieve significant social impact, recently announced that Michael McWilliams has been appointed executive director.

He succeeds Fred Mandell, who founded The Global Institute for the Arts and Leadership (TGIAL) and served as its founding chief executive officer.

The change follows the splitting of TGIAL into two entities: Kalon Leadership Group, which will focus on corporate and organizational consulting, and TGIAL, which will continue its original mission. Mandell, who will continue as board chair of TGIAL, will serve as founding principal of Kalon.

McWilliams, who has corporate, nonprofit, and public policy experience, has taken on his new role as an Encore Fellow, looking to build organizational capacity in key facets of nonprofit management, development, and programming, and establish programs in Boston; Rochester, New York; and Atlanta.

A writer and public issues advocate by avocation, McWilliams most recently consulted in nonprofit development and communication while serving on several boards. He had earlier repatriated to the United States from Sweden after finishing work with Stockholm International Water Institute, a United Nations affiliated non-governmental organization focused on the geopolitical, socioeconomic, and environmental aspects of the planetary water crisis.

Prior to that, he held executive roles in the American public policy and nonprofit arenas after a career as an entrepreneur and corporate manager in the fields of finance, manufacturing, and technology, including operating his own agency during the high-growth technology years.

McWilliams presently is an advisory board member for Our Heart Speaks, a global health initiative for people facing chronic illness or sudden disability, and a pro-bono grant writer for Shelter Music Boston.

He entered the nonprofit and public policy worlds with MassINC in 2004 and joined Jumpstart in 2008.

McWilliams earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, a Master of Science degree from Boston University's College of Communication, and a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Northeastern University.

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