James S. Hoyte, Lexington, MA, recently retired from his position as asenior administrator and lecturer in environmental policy at Harvard University. He is currently an Instructor at the Harvard Extension School and recently a Non Resident Fellow of Harvard's W.E.B Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research. Prior to his recent work at Harvard's Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research, he was Associate Vice President for Equal Opportunity Programs at Harvard University. He was also Lecturer on Environmental Sciences and Public Policy at Harvard College, Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, Faculty Associate of the Harvard Center for the Environment and member of the Harvard University Committee on Environment. While at Harvard he co-founded The Working Group on Environmental Justice. Mr. Hoyte came to Harvard in 1992 after a twenty year career as a lawyer, public policy consultant and government official.
At Harvard he worked with the various deans and faculties of Harvard's schools and with its central administration to implement affirmative action and diversity programs throughout the University. He also represented the University with selected key external constituencies especially in communities of color. He had oversight of a variety of special programs to increase the numbers of women and underrepresented minorities at Harvard, especially within the administrative staff, including the Harvard Administrative Fellows Program.
From 1983 through 1988, Mr. Hoyte served as Massachusetts Secretary of Environmental Affairs with responsibility for the planning and management of all environmental and natural resource conservation policies and programs for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. As Secretary of Environmental Affairs, Mr. Hoyte also was founding Chairman of the Board of the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority from 1985 through 1988. In this capacity, he oversaw the planning and design of the Boston Harbor Clean-Up project as well as the initial planning for the program to augment the drinking water supply of Eastern Massachusetts.
From 1969 through 1975, and again from 1979 through 1983, he was a senior consultant and executive at Arthur D. Little, Inc. (ADL), where he led numerous projects for clients in both the public and private sectors. While on a public service leave of absence from ADL Jamie served as Secretary-Treasurer and Director of Administration and Finance for the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) from 1976 t0 1979.
Mr. Hoyte has published articles in the fields of environmental policy and management. He also serves on the Boards of Directors of numerous environmental and civic organizations including; the Posse Foundation; the Massachusetts Environmental Trust; the Museum of African -American History;; The Trustees of Reservations; the Union of Concerned Scientists; and the Boston Natural Areas Network. Mr. Hoyte is an emeritus member of several boards including Earthwatch Institute, The Trust for Public Land, Mass Audubon and Alternatives for Community and Environment (ACE) where he was a Founding Director.
As an appointee of Governor Patrick he served on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Technology Park Corporation. Mr. Hoyte has also served on numerous special federal and state advisory panels including the National Advisory Committee to the North American Commission on Environmental Cooperation, the Institute of Medicine's Committee on Environmental Decision-Making Under Uncertainty, the Governor's Green Ribbon Commission on Massachusetts Parks, and the Massachusetts Historic Parkways Commission.
Mr. Hoyte has been the recipient of numerous awards for public service including the Ten Outstanding Leaders Award of the Greater Boston Junior Chamber of Commerce, the Frederick Douglas Award for social and political contributions to the Greater Boston Community of the Greater Boston YMCA, the Governor Francis Award from the Boston Harbor Association, the New England Environmental Service Award from Tufts University, the Gold Medal Award from the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, and many others.
Mr. Hoyte received his A.B. degree Cum Laude in Government from Harvard College and J.D. from Harvard Law School. He later completed The Program in Management Development at the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration and the Senior Executives in State and Local Government program at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.