Travis McCready is the President and CEO of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, a $1 billion public–private partnership with the mission of advancing the life sciences ecosystem in Massachusetts. He directs and oversees the center’s investment strategy, including the agency’s operations, programs, and partnerships. Previously, Mr. McCready served as the Vice President for Programs at The Boston Foundation, directing the Foundation’s grants and community investment strategy to benefit the people of Greater Boston. He was the first Executive Director of the Kendall Square Association, responsible for growing the innovation economy of Kendall Square, one of the Commonwealth’s most economically robust districts. He has held the COO and CFO positions at the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, overseeing the operations and finances for three convention centers in Massachusetts. A native of Brooklyn, Mr. McCready began his career as a public school teacher in the Bronx, NY.
Mr. McCready serves on the trustee Boards of the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, the Conservation Law Foundation, and WBUR; and the New England Advisory Council for the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. He served on the Economic Development Planning Council under two governors, including co-chairing the subcommittee on innovation and entrepreneurship. He currently serves on the Massachusetts Digital Healthcare Council and the Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative. In 2017, he was named one of Boston’s 50 most powerful people by the Boston Business Journal. Mr. McCready is a frequent speaker on economic development strategy as it relates to the convergence of private, public, and not-for-profit interests, and his blog, Life Sciences Discourses, has been recognized by The Boston Globe.
Mr. McCready received his B.A. from Yale University and J.D. from the University of Iowa.