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, writing, and teaching relating to leaders and leadership in high stakes, high pressure situations. McNulty is also an Instructor at the Harvard School of Public Health and works with the Program for Health Care Negotiation and Conflict Resolution at the Harvard Chan School where he teaches negotiation and conflict resolution in addition to leadership.

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, Joseph Henderson, and Dr. Barry Dorn of You’re It: Crisis, Change, and How to Lead When it Matter Most (PublicAffairs, 2019), a book about the meta-leadership framework and practice method. He is also co-author, along with Dr. Marcus and Dr. Dorn, of the second edition of Renegotiating Health Care: Resolving Conflict to Build Collaboration (Jossey-Bass, 2011). He is the e-book Your Critical First 10 Days as a Leader (O’Reilly/Safari, 2015) and numerous academic articles.

McNulty is a widely published author with more than 200 bylined articles. He writes a regular online column for Strategy + Business and has written multiple articles for the Harvard Business Review (HBR) as well as articles for Leader to Leader, Sloan Management Review, and other leading publications. 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.