Tenley E. AlbrightDirector, MIT
Collaborative Initiatives

    Dr. Tenley E. Albright is a Visiting Scientist at MIT and the Founder / Director of MIT Collaborative Initiatives, which promotes a systems based approach to solving deep rooted social issues by engaging experts from a broad range of disciplines. She is also a faculty member in general surgery at Harvard Medical School. Tenley currently serves on the Board of Research!America, The Bloomberg Philanthropies and the leadership committee of the McGovern Institute for Brain Research.  She was formerly chairman of the Board of Regents of the National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health, served as a delegate to the World Health Assembly for four years, and was the first woman on the Executive Committee of the U.S. Olympic Committee.   She has served on several corporate boards including State Street and West Pharmaceutical Services. Tenley graduated from Harvard Medical School, one of 5 women in a class of 135, after attending Radcliffe College and has received eight honorary degrees. In 1953, Tenley was the first American woman to win the World Figure skating championship and in 1956 she became the first American woman figure skater to win Olympic Gold. Dr. Albright has been inducted into the U.S. Military Health System Honor Society and was recently inducted into the U.S. National Women’s Hall of Fame.