Travis McCready joined the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center as the organization’s second President & CEO in October 2015. In this position, Mr. McCready is responsible for leading the ongoing implementation of the $1 billion Massachusetts Life Sciences Initiative, a public-private partnership that has contributed to Massachusetts’ emergence as the global leader in life sciences. McCready directs and oversees the Center’s investment strategy, along with the agency’s operations, programs and partnerships.
Previously Travis served as the Vice President for Programs at the Boston Foundation, directing the distribution of nearly $20 million in discretionary grants through a competitive process to support nonprofit organizations and programs that serve the people of Greater Boston. Prior to that, Travis was the first Executive Director of the Kendall Square Association, responsible for building a global brand for Kendall Square, engaging in business and economic development, and ensuring the on-going vitality of one of the Commonwealth’s most economically robust districts. He has also previously held the COO & CFO positions at the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, where he oversaw all operations and finance for the Commonwealth’s three convention centers and the Boston Common Garage as well as previously serving as Chief of Staff of the Boston Foundation, and Director of Community Affairs for Harvard University.
Travis received his B.A. from Yale University and J.D. from the University of Iowa, and began his law career as a corporate attorney in Minneapolis, MN.
Travis serves on the boards of the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, the Massachusetts Institute for a New Commonwealth, and the Center for Collaborative Leadership at UMass Boston. He has served on the Economic Development Planning Council under two governors, including co-chairing the subcommittee on innovation and entrepreneurship. In 2009, he was named one of Boston’s top “40 under 40” young business leaders by the Boston Business Journal. He is a frequent speaker on economic development strategy as it relates to the convergence of private, public and not-for-profit institutional sectors.