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Paige MacLean

Paige MacLean

Lecturer in the Practice of Management

Paige MacLean is a fellow at SOM’s Program on Social Enterprise, Innovation and Impact and teaches a course on current approaches to and critiques of philanthropy. Drawing on a wide network of philanthropists, foundation leaders and philanthropic advisors, the course brings leaders in the field to the classroom to discuss and debate timely issues and case studies.

Paige is also an independent advisor to social entrepreneurs and philanthropists providing strategic advising, leadership coaching and design services, leveraging her 20+ years of experience in organizational leadership and development, strategy consulting, and fundraising.

From 2010 - 2021, Paige served as the founder and executive director of AF Accelerate, a division of the Achievement First charter school network. In this role she was responsible for launching, designing and scaling Achievement First’s “open source” strategy to support traditional districts and charter schools in adapting and adopting the network’s instructional practices and strategies. Over 11 years, Paige grew AF Accelerate from a pilot project to an independent division that supported over 40,000 students across the country annually, and ultimately spun off to become Leap Educational Consulting. Prior to joining Achievement First, Paige spent 8 years at Wellspring Consulting, a nonprofit strategy consulting firm, and the Boston Consulting Group.

Paige is a board member of the Yale School of Management Alumni Advisory Board and a member of the evaluation panel for the 2023 Yield Giving (Mackenzie Scott) open call for proposals managed by Lever for Change. She is the past-chair of the board of All Our Kin, a national organization that trains and supports high-quality, sustainable, family child care programs, and a partner at Connecticut Social Venture Partners.

Paige received her MBA from the Yale School of Management and her BA from Princeton University’s School of Public and International Affairs with a certificate in Afro-American Studies. After graduating from Princeton, Paige was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to teach in the former East Germany, shortly after German reunification.

MBA, Yale School of Management, 1998
AB, Princeton University, 1993