Margaret Busse

Executive Director, Commerce

Margaret Woolley Busse is a social impact and public policy advisor, currently working with two Utah based nonprofit organizations as well as a gubernatorial campaign. She also works as an adjunct faculty member for BYU’s Political Science Department. Prior to this, Busse served for several years as the Associate Director of the Social Enterprise Initiative at Harvard Business School, where she worked on issues such as future of workforce, opportunity and prosperity for all, and educational improvement. Passionate about bringing people together around common sense public policy solutions, Busse pursued a 2018 bid for the State Senate in Massachusetts, where she ran as a Republican against the Democratic incumbent, an election that she ultimately lost, but was named one of six women to watch in Massachusetts politics by WGBH. 

Before her work at HBS, Busse played a key role in governing the town where she resided in Acton, Massachusetts. She served as the chairwoman of both the Acton Finance Committee and the Acton 2020 master plan committee. Busse’s career has also included working as a strategy consultant to nonprofit organizations at the Bridgespan Group as well as spending several years at the U.S. Treasury Department. Busse holds a MBA from Harvard University, a master’s degree in Public Policy from Brigham Young University and a bachelor’s degree in both Public Policy and Economics from Brigham Young University, where she graduated cum laude and with university honors. 

Busse is a Utah native who grew up in Holladay and graduated from Olympus High School. She and her husband, Franz, have five children, ages 7 to 17, and love traveling, hiking and skiing together.