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16th September 2019

Robert J McCarron Bio

Name:
Robert J McCarron

Location:
Boston, Massachusetts

Biography:
I am a life-long resident of Massachusetts, having been born in Cambridge and grown up in Belmont, both located just outside the City of Boston. I currently serve as the Senior Vice President and General Counsel for the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts (AICUM), an organization that represents and advocates for the public policy interests of 56 private, non-profit colleges and universities throughout Massachusetts.

I joined joined AICUM in July 2006, having previously served as Director of Legal Affairs for the Massachusetts House Committee on Ways and Means and as Chief Legal Counsel for the Joint Committee on the Judiciary in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. From 1994-2001, I worked as an attorney handling litigation for two law firms in the greater Boston area.

I received his bachelor of arts degree in business/management from Clark University in 1988 and a Juris Doctor degree from Suffolk University Law School in 1993. I currently live in Wellesley, Massachusetts, which is about 15 miles west of Boston, with my wife Liz and my two girls Eliza and Catey.

What, for you, is the importance of our global diaspora and how do you contribute to its success?
To me, the Belfast International Homecoming represents a unique opportunity to foster an environment of even greater collaboration between Boston and Belfast. The knowledge-based economies of both cities depend on the research, innovation and infusion of talent that are found on college and university campuses on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.

Tell us how you connect to Belfast:
Traveling to Belfast for the 2019 Belfast International Homecoming will be my third trip to Belfast since 2012. I have had the privilege of working in support of the Boston-Belfast Sister City agreement, which was the first Sister City agreement of Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh's administration. The Boston-Belfast Sister City agreement serves as an important bridge to building stronger economic, cultural and educational connections between these two great and dynamic cities.

You know you’ve got Belfast heritage when…:
You've been given the high honor of receiving the Homecoming Ambassador Medal.

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