Taubman Administration

Jeffrey Liebman, Director

Jeffrey Liebman, the Malcolm Wiener Professor of Public Policy, became the Taubman Center's director in July of 2014.  Jeffrey teaches courses in public sector economics and American economic policy and focuses his research on tax and budget policy, social insurance, poverty, income inequality, and social innovation. Recent research has examined the impacts of government programs such as the Earned Income Tax Credit, Social Security, housing vouchers, SNAP, and Disability Insurance. Jeffrey also directs the Harvard Kennedy School’s Social Impact Bond Technical Assistance Lab and the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston.  During the first two years of the Obama Administration, Liebman worked at OMB, first as Executive Associate Director and Chief Economist and then as Acting Deputy Director. From 1998 to 1999, Liebman served as Special Assistant to the President for economic policy and coordinated the Clinton Administration's Social Security reform technical working group. Liebman received his BA from Yale University and his MA and PhD in economics from Harvard.

Sandra Garron, Executive Director

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.

Maureen Mahoney, Associate Director of Finance and Administration

Maureen Mahoney is the associate director for finance and administration to the Taubman Center for State and Local Government. She has been with the Harvard Kennedy School of Government since 1990 in various capacities.  Maureen is responsible for the management of funds within the Center, which include grants that are part of the major programs that fall under the Taubman Center umbrella.  In this role she works with program managers, assistants and faculty with budget preparation and management.  She develops financial models and prepares analyses to support the Center’s financial operations and strategic planning efforts.  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 Initiatives and the New Work Systems at Harvard Design Team.

Olivia Cristaldi, Staff Assistant

Olivia Cristaldi is the staff assistant for the Taubman Center, where she supports the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston, Government Performance Lab, and Taubman Center staff.  Prior to joining the Taubman Center team in 2014, Olivia served as a Health, Water and Sanitation Volunteer with the Peace Corps in Ghana, West Africa.  Olivia earned her undergraduate degree in sociology from the University of New Hampshire.