Eric J. McNulty, MA 

Associate Director
HSPH, National Preparedness Leadership Initiative

Mr. McNulty serves as Associate Director for the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative. He is responsible for research and writing relating to leaders and leadership in the high stakes, high pressure situations typically faced by those charged with preparedness and response. He is a former editor at large and director of conferences at Harvard Business Publishing. He has written for Harvard Business Review and other leading publications.

He holds and appointment with Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and as an Instructor at the Harvard School of Public Health. His work centers on leadership in high-stakes, high-stress situations. He is currently working on a book based on meta-leadership, the core leadership framework of the NPLI curriculum. McNulty also works with the Program for Health Care Negotiation and Conflict Resolution at the Harvard Chan School.

McNulty is the principal author of the NPLI’s case studies on leadership decision making in the Boston Marathon bombing response, innovation in the response Hurricane Sandy and the professional/political interface in the Deepwater Horizon response drawing upon his firsthand research as well as extensive interviews with leaders involved in the responses.

He is the co-author, along with Dr. Leonard Marcus and Dr. Barry Dorn, of the second edition of Renegotiating Health Care: Resolving Conflict to Build Collaboration (Jossey-Bass, 2011). He is co-author of a chapter on meta-leadership in the McGraw- Hill Homeland Security Handbook (2012) and the e-book Your Critical First 10 Days as a Leader (O’Reilly/Safari, 2015).

McNulty is a widely published business author and researcher, McNulty writes a regular online column for Strategy + Business and O’Reilly Media. He has written multiple articles for the Harvard Business Review (HBR) as well as articles for Harvard Management Update, Sloan Management Review, Strategy and Innovation, Marketwatch, among others. His HBR cases have been anthologized through the HBR paperback series and have been used in business education curricula in the United States and as far away as France and the Philippines. McNulty is a member of the Leadership Communications Council at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business.

McNulty co-founded Harvard Business Publishing’s conference business and served as its director for six years. He produced thought leadership events around the world working with some of the most celebrated executives and management experts. He also developed custom programs in collaboration with leading companies such as Accenture, Coca-Cola, SAS, UPS, Visa, and others. He is a frequent speaker and moderator at business events.

Previously, McNulty held management and communications roles in the private sector.

McNulty holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics (with honors) from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a Master of Arts degree in Leadership from Lesley University.