Tim Youmans

As Research Director of CECP's Strategic Investor Initiative (SII), Tim brings thought leadership, sustainable value creation research, analysis and analytics that CECP, “The CEO Force for Good,” which is headquartered near Wall St. The purpose of the SII is to shift the conversation between companies and their investors from one about quarterly earnings to one about long-term value creation. The SII is funded by the Ford and Heron Foundations, in addition to robust support from CECP staff, CECP’s 217 member corporations (more than half in the S&P 500), and the Newman’s Own Foundation.

Tim has been a research scholar at Harvard Business School, and is an advisor in the at MIT Sloan School of Management’s Family Leaders with Purpose Program and a visiting research scholar the MIT Sloan Sustainability Capstone course. At both Harvard and MIT he works closely as a research collaborator and co-author with Harvard Business School Professor Robert Eccles, beginning when Tim was in a doctoral seminar taught by Prof. Eccles called “The Role of the Corporation in Society.” Tim is a global expert in the fields of fiduciary duty and materiality in corporate governance, in capital markets, and in the sustainability of the corporation and of the global financial system. Tim’s research has been featured in MIT Sloan Management Review, Forbes,The Economist, The Financial Times, Harvard Business School Working Knowledge and by the The American Bar Association’s Sustainable Development Task Force.

Tim received his Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School (2013), is a Harvard Kennedy School Lucius N. Littauer Fellow, was a Kennedy School economics teaching assistant, and has been an advisor to student-run start-up firms in the Harvard Innovation Lab. In addition to Tim’s research areas of fiduciary duty, corporate governance, materiality, and the role of the corporation in society, he also has expertise in workforce capacity building, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, and disabled veteran entrepreneurship (he is a disabled veteran entrepreneur).

After a career in the Coast Guard, Tim spent 25 years in business, the last 16 years running his own consulting firms. He interrupted this work twice to work full time for a client: first as EVP of a venture funded internet startup and second to run a large family office. Tim has had both governments and corporations as clients across the globe. He received an MBA from the University of Southern Maine (1992) and a BS in Management from the United States Coast Guard Academy (1981).