"Makeeba knows the priorities of BPS, and knows how to follow through and improve the lives of our students," said Mayor Walsh. "Makeeba has already shown her leadership and strategic thinking in advancing BPS through multiple public/private partnerships, and I congratulate her on this well-deserved step forward."
In 2016, General Electric partnered with BPS to bring $25 million to Boston public school students, advancing STEM education throughout the district. In 2015, BPS and the City of Boston launched Invest BPS, an "Adopt a School" program linking business investment to individual schools. In addition, BPS created an Invest BPS portal, highlighting school-business partnerships and recruiting additional business partners. Dr. McCreary's new role will focus on partnerships like these, which leverage public/private cooperation into more opportunities for students, as well as increased engagement in Boston for corporations.
In addition, for the first time in BPS's history, there will be a senior liaison to the philanthropic community. As managing director and senior advisor of external affairs, Dr. McCreary will focus on continuing relationships with Boston's large philanthropic community, and strategically explore funding opportunities for BPS with philanthropic organizations.
"Makeeba's work at Boston Public Schools has been exemplary, and I'm looking forward to the increased opportunities she will bring to BPS," said Superintendent Chang. "I am thrilled that she will be able to focus on this critical work for BPS and, I will continue to work closely with Makeeba in her new role."
As Dr. McCreary takes on this new role, Rob Consalvo will take on the role of BPS Chief of Staff. Previously, Consalvo was Deputy Director of the Boston Home Center, part of the Department of Neighborhood Development.
Prior to joining BPS in 2015, Dr. McCreary served as founder and executive director of AbekaM Consulting, a nonprofit program designed to execute grant management for clients targeting large-scale change for urban youth and families. Examples of clients included Nike, Darden Restaurants, adidas, The Boston Foundation, Jordan Brand Inc. and United Negro College Fund. Dr. McCreary's previous roles also include Educational Policy Consultant at Compass Consulting, Director of Philanthropic Services at EdVestors and Director of Development at the Epiphany School in Dorchester.
Dr. McCreary earned a Doctor of Education at Columbia University, a Master's in Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at UMass Boston. Dr. McCreary lives in Jamaica Plain with her son, Gary.