Interim Director of Brown University’s Business, Entrepreneurship and Organizations (BEO)

Brendan McNally is Interim Director of Brown University’s Business, Entrepreneurship and Organizations (BEO) program, a multidisciplinary academic concentration that focuses on business economics, organization studies, entrepreneurship, and technology management. BEO is one of Brown’s largest concentrations. He is responsible for supporting faculty and students in curricular and co-curricular initiatives including academic advising, course planning, capstone project development, student mentoring, student internships, community connections and alumni engagement.

Brendan is a lead member of the instructional team for BEO’s senior capstone course that requires students to solve real-world challenges of for-profit, nonprofit and startup organizations. To date, Brendan has worked with faculty and community partners to offer over 90 projects (450 students) with Fortune 500 companies, local nonprofits and government agencies. He occasionally teaches The Entrepreneurial Process (ENGN1010), a popular undergraduate course at Brown and required BEO foundation class. Brendan is a frequent mentor and advisor to start-up teams, student organizations and the Providence-based Social Enterprise Greenhouse.

Prior to BEO, Brendan was founding director of the RI Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (RI-CIE), a state-wide collaborative effort launched in 2009 to advance innovation and entrepreneurship in Rhode Island. RI-CIE was home to dozens of startups and hosted hundreds of events and support programs for local innovators. While director of RI-CIE, Brendan was awarded “mentor of the year” by the Providence Business News and also received Program of the Year award by the Northeast Economic Developers Association. From 2004-2009, Brendan worked in Brown University’s Office of the President coordinating a wide variety of special projects to support the university’s strategic plans.

Before coming to Brown Brendan worked in internal and external consulting roles for Bank of America, Met Life, US Military Sea Lift Command, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, and American Management Systems.

He received his BA from Bowdoin College and an MBA from the Simon School of Business Administration at the University of Rochester.

He serves as chair of the Tiverton Budget Committee, treasurer and board member of the Tiverton Yacht Club, and president and board member of the SpeakYourMind Foundation a nonprofit technology startup providing communication solutions to disabled. He is a trustee of the Lincoln School in Providence, RI, an independent Quaker school for girls. Brendan is a former director of Lifestream, Inc., a nonprofit service provider for developmentally challenged adults in New Bedford, MA.