Jeff Stone / Colleagues

Jeff Stone, Principal

Prior to establishing Civic Dialogue, Jeff Stone was co-founder and longtime director of the City-Wide Dialogues on Boston's Ethnic & Racial Diversity, a project that impacted thousands of people with dialogues on diversity issues and community-police relations. He has worked in advocacy & public policy in several areas, including education, civic rights and workforce-training. He has also been a public health researcher, physician network developer for a managed care organization and a marketer for the Massachusetts Health Data Consortium. In a Harvard Medical School / New England Research Institute study of disparities in clinical decision-making, Jeff interviewed over 200 Greater Boston primary care physicians in their practice settings.

Jeff’s special interests are promoting civic engagement and inter-group dialogue to build relationships, identify priorities and generate solutions. He organizes and facilitates groupwork for companies, non-profit organizations and municipalities on diversity, civic engagement and police-community relations. In 2008, Jeff moderated a panel discussion attended by 70 Shannon Community Safety Initiative Grant participants for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety & Security on "Race and Policing: Strengthening Police-Community Relationships." Also in 2008, he delivered a workshop for Shannon Grant participants on "How to Organize Youth-Police Dialogues."

Jeff is a board member of the Irish Immigration Center in Boston, where he works with the Center’s Cross-Cultural Program that creates alliances among Irish, African-American and other communities. He serves on the board of the Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action (JALSA) and helped organize an Arab-Jewish dialogue group that continued for three years. In 2009 he joined the board of Youth & Family Enrichment Services (YOFES), a group that provides music education, tutoring and social services to young members of Boston's Haitian community and their families. Currently Jeff is co-chair of the Greater Boston Civil Rights Coalition.

Jeff was born and raised in Boston and resides in the Town of Milton where he is active in several community groups. Jeff received a B.A. degree from Colby College, majoring in psychology and sociology, and an M.B.A. degree from Boston University, with a concentration in Health Sector Management.

Jeff has appeared on TV, radio, in newspapers and on the Web and writes occasional articles on consumer health topics and the business of health. Links to some of his online articles appear on our media page.


Civic Dialogue Services collaborates with numerous experienced consultants in the Boston area who have backgrounds in organizational development, workplace diversity, race relations, civic engagement, youth development and public safety.