Herman B. "Dutch" Leonard

Baker Professor of Public Management and Faculty Co-Director, Program on Crisis Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School

Herman B. "Dutch" Leonard is the George F. Baker, Jr. Professor of Public Management and faculty co-chair of the Program on Crisis Leadership at the Kennedy School and the Eliot I. Snider and Family Professor of Business Administration and faculty co-chair of the Social Enterprise Initiative at Harvard Business School. He teaches leadership, organizational strategy, crisis management, and financial management. His current research concentrates on crisis management and performance management. He was a member of the board of directors of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, a 1-million-member Massachusetts HMO. He was formerly a member of the board of directors of the ACLU of Massachusetts, of the Hitachi Foundation, of the Massachusetts Health and Education Facilities Authority, and of Civic Investments, a nonprofit organization that assists charitable enterprises with capital financing; a member of the Research and Education Advisory Panel of the General Accounting Office; a member of the Massachusetts Performance Enhancement Commission; and a member of the Alaska Governor’s Council on Economic Policy. He served as Chair of the Massachusetts Governor’s Task Force on Tuition Prepayment Plans. He received his PhD in economics in 1979 from Harvard. He enjoys skiing, playing the guitar, hiking, and wildlife.


  • –present
    Professor of Public Management , Harvard University