JD, Harvard Law School
MSW, Boston University
Christopher Fortunato was appointed Blair’s 16th Head of School in 2013. Raised in Freehold, New Jersey, Chris spent his undergraduate years at Harvard College, including a semester in England at Oxford University. Upon earning a bachelor’s degree in government in 1994, he went on to law school at Harvard, graduating and passing the Massachusetts bar exam in 1997. While a litigation associate at Sullivan & Worcester, LLP, he provided pro bono educational advocacy for adolescents, also volunteering as a tutor and mentor to a diverse group of teens. In 1999, Chris went to work for the innovative nonprofit organization, NCSC, Inc., in Newton, Massachusetts, where he developed academic, social, therapeutic and leadership programs for nearly a decade. He expanded his portfolio of academic administration and student affairs expertise by accepting an appointment as Dean of Students at Providence College in 2008. Also that year, he earned a master’s degree from Boston University
Graduate School of Social Work. In advance of his appointment as Blair’s Head of School, Chris served as Dean of Students at the Harvard Kennedy School, where he gained experience in admissions, advancement, student affairs, academic advising, student leadership, international engagement and diversity programs. Chris’s multidisciplinary skills and experiences afford him great depth and breadth of perspective in the areas of educational administration, teaching and institutional advancement.
Throughout his career and at Blair, he has helped to develop innovative curricula, programs and services that advance students’ personal, academic and professional growth, foster a culture of achievement and social responsibility, and create diverse and supportive learning environments. In 2014, Chris filmed a personal narrative as part of the School’s growing Blair Leadership Stories Project. Chris met his wife, Erin, as a result of their shared love of teaching and helping young people, while both were working at NCSC; they were married in 2003. Chris, Erin, and their children, Matty and Katie, live in Sharpe House.