Welcoming our new Office for Development and Alumni Relations Vice Dean

To the Harvard Chan community,

I’m delighted to announce that Elizabeth DeLucia will be joining the School’s leadership team this summer as vice dean of the Office of Development and Alumni Relations.

Liz DeLuciaLiz brings deep experience and an impressive track record in leadership, fundraising, and strategic planning in both healthcare and academia. For the past 14 years, she has been at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, most recently directing the principal and major gifts program and providing strategic guidance to Dana-Farber’s Division of Philanthropy. She led direct principal and major gifts fundraising for the “Dana-Farber Campaign,” and earlier at Dana-Farber led a focused capital projects campaign that raised $85 million.

Her fundraising success is, of course, an important credential for this role. But I have also been impressed by Liz’s genuine commitment to making a difference in the world. She describes the gifts she has brought in by the impact they have had on patients’ lives: They have enabled Dana-Farber to improve access for marginalized populations and make promising strides in the early detection of intractable cancers. Liz’s commitment to improving well-being for all is also evident in her leadership role with the Division of Philanthropy’s inclusion, diversity, and equity efforts. I am confident that Liz will bring the same passion and empathy that have made her so successful at Dana-Farber to her work with Harvard Chan School.

In addition to Dana-Farber, Liz has held senior fundraising roles at Boston College and has worked in development at other institutions including Dartmouth College and Wheaton College. She started her career right here in Longwood, as a staff assistant to the Harvard Medical School Alumni Fund. Liz holds a master’s in education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a B.A. from the University of New Hampshire. She will join Harvard Chan School on Aug. 19.

I want to take a moment as well to share my heartfelt appreciation for Ellie Starr, who has served for the past two years as ODAR’s interim vice dean. Ellie has done an outstanding job rebuilding the department and strengthening relationships with faculty, alumni, and donors. She will continue to support ODAR through the transition period.

Please join me in thanking Ellie and congratulating Liz!



Andrea Baccarelli, MD, PhD
Dean of the Faculty
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health