Jessica McWade

Jessica leads the company’s branding, marketing and communications practice as well as its leadership and organizational development portfolio. She previously led the firm’s predictive modeling and market research businesses. Jessica led McWade Group for 10 years prior to joining Maguire Associates, providing strategy, leadership, and message development services to higher education, corporate, and non-profit clients. She was previously Vice President, Corporate Affairs & Communications for Raytheon; Director, Corporate Communications for Textron; and Director, Corporate Affairs for BankBoston. She was a senior officer in all three corporations and a member of Raytheon’s Global Executive Management Team. She also served as Deputy Press Secretary to the Mayor of Boston and photographer to the Governor of Massachusetts. Jessica has traveled to 50 nations and done business in 20 of them. She is past president of the World Affairs Council of Boston, member of The Council on Foreign Relations, trustee at Sea Education Association (SEA), founder of the Creative Economy Council of New England, member of the Harvard Club, and has served on many boards. Jessica was appointed a Fellow to the Salzburg Seminar (Austria), served as a British-American Fellow (Northern Ireland), is an alumna of the LEADBoston Program, and was once named one of Boston’s Ten Outstanding Young Leaders. She was also a Commander in the U.S. Naval Reserve, having undertaken many military and diplomatic assignments in diverse locations such as the Pentagon, Greenland/North Pole, Buckingham Palace, NATO Headquarters, and U.S. embassies around the world. Jessica was graduated from Boston University (B.S.), New York University (M.B.A.), Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government (M.P.A.), and The George Washington University’s Executive Leadership Doctoral Program (Ed.D.). She also attended The Stockholm School of Economics on an International Management Fellowship. She has studied at the Aspen Institute, Omega Institute, St. John’s College in Santa Fe, University of Iowa’s Writers’ Workshop, and University of Wisconsin Writers’ Institute. You can reach Jessica at

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