President Steps Down from Kennedy Institute for the Senate

Mary Grant
November 5, 2019 — The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, a Boston nonprofit that seeks to encourage public discourse and inspire citizens to become public leaders, today announced that Mary K. Grant, its president and chief executive officer, will step down from the post, 22 months after she assumed the role.

The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate said that Art Buckland will join the organization tomorrow as interim executive director.

“Mary Grant has performed extraordinary work for the Edward M. Kennedy Institute,” said James J. Karam, chair of the institute’s board of directors. “She deepened our partnerships, helped raise our civic education profile, and positioned our young and dynamic organization well for the future. My fellow Board members and I have benefitted greatly from her expertise, leadership, and passion for civic engagement."

He added that "we are confident that with Art Buckland’s leadership, we will build on our mission to expand public participation in democracy.”

Grant was the second president of the institute since it opened in 2015.

Shortly after the institute’s announcement, Bridgewater State University (BSU) announced that Grant had been appointed a senior administrative fellow for civics and social justice, according to a report in the Boston Business Journal (BBJ).

At BSU, in addition to other responsibilities, she will reportedly lead the Martin Richard Institute for Social Justice, named for the 8-year-old Dorchester resident who was one of three people who died in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings.

During her time at the institute, Grant oversaw the launch of several new civic education programs.

At its Oct. 24 annual dinner, the institute raised more than $1.5 million to support its educational and public programs.

“It has been an opportunity of a lifetime to lead the Kennedy Institute,” said Grant, adding, "I have had the privilege to work with an extraordinary staff, whose expertise and creativity make it possible for us to have the success we have had, and a board that is passionate about the mission and the success of the institute."

Buckland has worked at RPP Corp., Sunovia Energy Technologies, Soliant Energy, and Richardson Electronics, according to the BBJ. Most recently, he served as an associate with Interim Executive Associates, advisor with Nantucket Advisors Group, and CEO of EAM Management Corp.

He earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering degree from Syracuse University, a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School, and a professional director certification from the American College of Corporate Directors.

“I’m very excited at the opportunity to help advance Sen. Kennedy’s vision of civic engagement as a vital tool in expanding participation in our democracy,” Buckland said. “The institute is a key forum for that engagement through its many programs. I’m ready to work with the talented team here to build on what has been created and help ensure a solid plan for stability, growth and an exciting future.”