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MIT Alumni Top Boston Magazine’s Most Influential List

  • Elisabeth O'Donnell

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A few weeks ago, Boston Magazine published its annual list of the 100 Most Influential People in Boston, highlighting what it believes to be the most powerful people in and around the city. At least seven people named to the list are connected to MIT, including the top spot, Linda Pizzuti Henry SM ’05, the managing director of the Boston Globe and founding chair of HUBweek who the magazine called Boston’s “most extraordinary civic entrepreneur.”

Check out the MIT-connected alumni listed below. Then view the full 100-person list at Boston Magazine. Is there anyone from MIT on this year’s list that we missed? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter.

Boston Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People: The MIT Connection

  • Linda Pizzuti Henry SM ’05 (#1) (photo above)

    Managing Director, the Boston Globe

    “If one part of her brilliance is bringing people together—I would call her a super-convener. She’s always asking, ‘Who should be working together?’" (as told by C-Space chair Dianne Hessan)


  • Ralph de Toro

    Ralph de la Torre SM ’92 (#29)

    Founder, Chair, and CEO, Steward Health Care System

    “Under de la Torre’s watch, Steward has expanded to become the largest for-profit hospital provider in the state—and, almost overnight, one of the largest in the country.”

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    L. Rafael Reif HM ’14 (#34)

    President, MIT

    “Reif announced plans for the Institute to build a nuclear fusion reactor to solve the world’s energy problems by generating energy bursts capable of powering an entire city. Which is to say: Reif is important in ways most of us literally can’t even comprehend.”

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    Ioannis Nikolaos Miaoulis SM ’84 (#47)

    President, the Museum of Science

    “Viewed as a leader in Boston’s cultural and educational circles, Miaoulis even helped get one of his longtime employees elected mayor of Framingham last year.”

  • Greg Shell

    Greg Shell ’97 (#65)

    Managing Director, Bain Capital Double Impact

    “Alongside former Governor Deval Patrick, Shell runs the Double Impact fund that aims to do good with investments. He’s also a founding board member of Compass Working Capital, which gives people financial tools to help them overcome poverty.”

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    Lawrence S. Bacow ’72 (#69)

    President, Harvard University

    “The former head of Tufts University doesn’t actually start his new job until July, but he earned a spot on this list the minute he was selected (Harvard University president).”

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    Deborah Jackson ’75 (#82)

    President, Cambridge College

    “Just try to find a more impressive résumé of civic leadership than Jackson’s: senior VP of Boston Children’s Hospital, VP of the Boston Foundation, CEO of American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts, and now president of Cambridge College.”

Share your thoughts on this year’s list—or let us know if we left anyone out—in the comments below or on Facebook or Twitter.

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