Dr. J.D. LaRock is President and CEO of the Commonwealth Corporation, Massachusetts’ public–private corporation devoted to education, workforce development, and economic development. Previously, he was a member of Northeastern University’s senior leadership team, where he served as chief of staff to the university’s president, among other executive roles. J.D. joined Families First’s board in 2016 and was chair of the organization’s Development Committee from 2016 to 2017.
A scholar of education policy, higher education, and the future of work, J.D. is a Professor of the Practice of Law and Policy at Northeastern and a Fellow with the Aspen Institute’s Economic Opportunities program. Prior to his academic and university management career, J.D. was an education policymaker and analyst for the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy, former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, and the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) in Paris.
J.D. is a member of the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education and Chair of the Board of Trustees at North Shore Community College. He holds three degrees from Harvard, including a doctorate in education administration, policy, and social planning, and a law degree from Georgetown. He lives in Melrose with his wife, Christina, and their daughter, Callie.
“Nothing is more important to a child’s future than being a thoughtful parent. That’s why Families First’s work matters so much.”