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 and city-wide 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