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Edward L. Glaeser, the Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics in Harvard University’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences, became the Institute’s director in June 2004. Glaeser, who also directs the Taubman Center for State and Local Government at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, is the author of numerous papers on the determinants of city growth, the role of cities as centers of idea transmission, and a variety of other urban-related topics. Glaeser is the editor of the Quarterly Journal of Economics; the co-author (with Alberto Alesina) of Fighting Poverty in the US and Europe (Oxford University Press, 2004); the co-editor (with Claudia Golden) of Corruption and Reform: Lessons From America's Economic History (University of Chicago Press, 2006); and the editor of The Governance of Not-For-Profit Organizations (University of Chicago Press, 2003). He received a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago.
Sandra Garron is the executive director of the Taubman Center for State and Local Government. She came to Harvard in 1985, after serving for a number of years in managerial positions in the banking industry. Before coming to the Kennedy School in 1991, Sandra held the position of manager of Harvard’s Cash Management department in Central Financial Administration where she concentrated on systems analysis and development for Harvard’s rapidly changing banking environment. Currently, Sandra supports overall strategic planning and development for the Taubman Center and oversees all of the administrative and financial operations. She is also responsible for financial oversight of each of the major programs that fall under the Taubman Center umbrella, as well as the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston. Sandra is ultimately responsible for overseeing the administration of the Center's events, working papers, policy briefs and student initiatives. As a member of hte wider Kennedy School community, Sandra sits on the HKS Joint Council, an initiative that works to strengthen the relationship between the Union (HUCTW) and the University. Outside of work, Sandra volunteers as a tutor for Stand and Deliver, an MCAS tutoring program in the city of Lawrence. She also serves on the board of the New England Classical Singers as treasurer.
Nina Tobio is the assistant director of the Taubman Center. She started working at the Center in the fall of 2006 as a senior research assistant. Before coming to the Center, she worked as a senior analyst at an economic consulting firm, and earned a master's degree in film from Boston University. She received her undergraduate degree in economics from Harvard University.
Maureen Mahoney is the assistant director of finance and administration to the Taubman Center. She has been with the Kennedy School since 1990 in various capacities. Maureen was a 2001 recipient of the Dean's Award for Excellence and has served on several school wide committees, which include the Staff and Community Engagement Initiative and the New Work Systems at Harvard Design Team.
Heather Marie Vitale is the staff assistant for the Taubman Center, where she supports the daily operations of the Center, as well as Center director Ed Glaeser, and Professor Alan Altshuler. Before coming to Harvard, Heather Marie worked as an assistant for institutional giving in the development office of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and briefly as a legislative aide in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. Heather Marie received her undergraduate degree in political communication from Emerson College in 2008, and was elected by her peers as Emersonian of the Year in 2008. Heather Marie is an active volunteer, and serves as a docent at the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum.