William M. Snyder


Bill Snyder has worked for over 30 years on large-scale change efforts to democratize the workplace and promote organizational learning in the private, public, and non-profit sectors, with organizations such as AT&T, Colgate-Palmolive, McKinsey & Company, the Veterans Administration, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Annie E. Casey Foundation, the National Cancer Institute, and the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard. 

He has co-authored a book and other widely cited publications on communities of practice--groups that facilitate learning, innovation, and capability-building among practitioners who share a passion for what they do. Over the last 15 years, his work has focused on civic initiatives to promote collaborative learning and innovation at community, city, and national levels.


Bill draws on his expertise in collaborative learning systems to support community-organization engagement for racial equity. Recent initiatives include participatory action research for youth development (description); a multi-neighborhood community of practice on health; and resident-led efforts to promote community measurement and innovation (description).   

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Selected publications


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A.B., Harvard College; Ed.M., Harvard Graduate School of Education; Ph.D., University of Southern California (Organization Learning, 1996)

Visiting Scholar, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Learning Innovations Laboratory, 2006-2007

Board member, Swanee Hunt Alternatives