Associate Dean, Executive Director
Professor of the Practice Tufts Gordon Institute
Mark Ranalli joins Tufts Gordon Institute with more than 25 years of industry experience as an executive business leader and entrepreneur. He brings an extensive track record of driving innovation in a variety of markets, including publishing, entertainment, and professional services.
Prior to Tufts, he was Managing Director of RR Donnelly’s Digital Solutions Group, where he was responsible for the company’s digital business strategy. Ranalli is also the founder of several successful ventures. In 2006, he founded Helium, Inc., a media source that applies a crowdsourcing filtering system to community-generated content that was acquired by RR Donnelly in 2011. Soon after launching Helium, he co-founded and launched OurStage Inc., an independent music discovery platform, based on the same underlying crowdsourcing principals and relative ranking patents that are leveraged by Helium. He grew his first venture, an internet professional services agency called Basessix, Inc., from inception to three offices and over 70 people with a client portfolio that included AT&T Broadband, Comcast, AOL, ESPN, Starz/Encore, HBO, and National Geographic. Ranalli previously held executive roles at UNIFI Communications, Inc. and Fax international, Inc.
He currently serves as Vice Chairman for the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan, independent nonprofit research group tracking money in U.S. politics and its effect on elections and public policy. He also served as an Entrepreneur in Residence at the Tuck School at Dartmouth for four years where he taught classes on mergers and acquisitions and entrepreneurship.
Ranalli received an M.B.A. from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and a BSEE from Stanford University.