Tiziana Dearing is a national voice on social impact, social justice, inequality and poverty. She is an experienced speaker, media personality, consultant to nonprofit organizations and Fortune 500 companies and nonprofit CEO. She is a Professor at the Boston College School of Social Work, and consults to a limited number of clients with whom she can have significant positive impact. At Boston College, Tiziana teaches in social innovation and leadership. She co-directs the Center for Social Innovation and is a founding co-director of Research in Social, Economic and Environmental Equity.
Tiziana was the start-up Chief Executive Officer of Boston Rising, a fund to end the generational cycle of poverty in Boston. Prior to leading Boston Rising, Tiziana served as the first woman President of Catholic Charities for the Archdiocese of Boston. Catholic Charities is a $36 million social service agency serving more than 150,000 people a year in the Greater Boston Area. She joined Catholic Charities from Harvard University, where she served as Executive Director of the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations, now the Hauser Institute at Harvard's Center for Public Leadership. In the 1990s, Tiziana ran her own consultancy, working with nonprofits, after spending several years at Renaissance Solutions, a boutique management consulting firm specializing in knowledge management, process development and Balanced Scorecard services to Fortune 500 companies. She got her start in microlending to low-income women in Chicago.
Tiziana holds a Masters in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School, where she was a Kennedy School Fellow, and a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Michigan.
Because mission is so important, Tiziana remains active in the community, including serving on the Board of Directors of SparkShare; on the Advisory
Boards of 90.9WBUR, the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston at Harvard, the Rappaport Center for Law and Public Policy at Boston College, UTEC, and InnerCity Weightlifting; and as a trustee of the
Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation. Tiziana also served on the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' Commission for a Cashless EBT System in 2012.
Tiziana has published and provided commentary for media outlets such as CNN, MSNBC, The Hill, WBUR/NPR radio, NECN, The Boston Globe, BBC Radio, and The Philanthropy News Digest. She is a past editorial board member of the scholarly journal, The Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, and has published scholarly articles.
In 2015, Tiziana and her husband received the Carl F. Baron Catalyst Award for Change from CASPAR. In 2010, the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce awarded Tiziana its Pinnacle Award in the Emerging Executive category. She is a New England Women’s Leadership (NEWLA) Award recipient and was named to the Boston Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” in 2008.