Top global development employers in Boston: A primer

By Mario Villamor 01 September 2015

The Boston skyline. The city is the center of operations for a number of prominent international development implementers and organizations. Photo by: lgh75 / CC BY

Boston, Massachusetts, holds much promise for development professionals looking for opportunities or for development organizations looking to recruit. The Greater Boston area — which includes Cambridge, Medford, Waltham and Watertown — has over 50 colleges and universities, notably, Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Apart from the top talent these universities provide, they have incubated development actors that have made an impact in global development. MIT has seen its professors establish global organizations, such as Education Development Center, Inc. and more recently The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, which uses randomized evaluations to answer critical policy questions in global development.

As Boston’s universities have played a significant role in development, the city’s health care infrastructure — boasting some of the best hospitals in the U.S., such as Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital — has supported the growth of many health-focused development implementers, such as Management Sciences for Health, Pathfinder International and Partners In Health, among others.

Between its universities and hospitals, Boston is also home to satellite and regional offices of many leading global development organizations and firms, such as the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, Mercy Corps, FHI 360 and CARE. The city is also the center of operations for a number of prominent international development implementers and organizations.

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Mario Villamor

Mario is a senior development analyst at Devex's survey and advisory services team. Prior to joining Devex, Mario was a researcher for the Boston Consulting Group in Boston, Massachusetts, where he supported client engagements in a variety of sectors, including public sector, global health and the social impact space, among others. Before joining BCG, Mario earned his master’s degree in global affairs from New York University.

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