John D. Macomber
Senior Lecturer, Gloria A. Dauten Real Estate Fellow
John Macomber is a Senior Lecturer in the Finance unit at Harvard Business School. His professional background includes leadership of real estate, construction, construction services, and information technology businesses. At HBS, Mr. Macomber is engaged in the Business and Environment Initiative and Social Enterprise Initiative. He teaches Finance, Real Estate, Urbanization, and Entrepreneurship courses in the elective curriculum and in Executive Education. He is the former Chairman and CEO of the George B H Macomber Company, a large regional general contractor; and remains a principal in several real estate partnerships. John serves or has served on the boards of Young Presidents Organization International (YPO), Boston Private Bank, Mount Auburn Hospital, and Vela Systems.
Courses include: "Real Property Asset Management," "Real Estate Development, Design, and Construction," and "Sustainable Cities: Urbanization, Infrastructure, and Finance." He is part of the teaching team for "Field Course: Innovation in Business, Energy, and Environment". He is chair or co-chair of Executive Education programs including "Real Estate Management," "Real Estate Executive Seminar," and "Develop India: Real Estate Strategies for Growth." Mr. Macomber also teaches "Economics, Strategy, and Sustainability" at the Harvard Design School. Prior to coming to HBS, John was a lecturer at MIT in Civil Engineering and Real Estate.
Mr. Macomber is a graduate of Dartmouth College (Mathematics in the Social Sciences) and Harvard Business School.
Sustainability, Real Estate and the Built Environment
Research interests include:
- Real estate development, design, and construction, notably how design creates value;
- Sustainable cities, in particular entrepreneurship and project finance in light of global trends in urbanization and resource scarcity.
- Cleantech, in particular innovations in business and technology that stretch the productivity of resources like energy, clean water, or leverage the effectiveness of capital expenditures on transit.