Director of Finance and Administration, Harvard University
As Director of Finance and Administration for the Office of the President and Provost (OPP), Patricia is responsible for supporting the President, Provost, and Executive Vice President in pursuing OPP’s finance, administration, and academic planning objectives. Patricia joined OPP in 2011 and oversees finance and administration for all organizations under the umbrella of the Office of the President and Provost, a portfolio encompassing departments, allied and affiliate organizations, as well as central and school-based initiatives. Patricia leads a team of eight and her office provides the full range of financial and administrative services. As part of the senior management team, Patricia directs the strategy and implementation of financial and organizational plans across all functions, ensuring compliance with university financial and human resources polices. The office is also responsible for the operation of buildings and spaces. Patricia oversees the execution of a vast number of complex financial agreements across the University and works closely with the leadership to organize and deploy the President’s discretionary funds. Patricia provides financial advice to multiple affiliated agencies and works directly with their leadership and boards on financial planning and sustainability. Patricia is also the supervisor of the Board for the Harvard Center in Shanghai. Prior to joining OPP, Patricia served as Associate Dean of Harvard College for Finance and Administration at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences; and as the Endowment Manager at Harvard Medical School. She received both her B.S. in biology and her MBA in Finance from the State University of New York in Albany. She is a native French speaker. (Source: Patricia asked to join the Board of Trustees in March 2018. She will bring to the Board of Trustees her ample expertise in financial planning and sustainability, human resources, and finance administration and a closer work relationship between Laspau and Harvard University’s Office of the Provost.