Liz Langdon-Gray is the inaugural Executive Director of the Harvard Data Science Initiative (DSI). In this role, she is responsible for implementing the academic vision of the Initiative, engaging closely with Harvard schools and the Office of the President and Provost. Working closely with the Initiative’s faculty co-directors, Liz oversees the management of all of the DSI’s operations and programmatic priorities, including the postdoctoral fellows program, the DSI Competitive Research Fund, seminars and workshops. She fosters research collaborations through outreach efforts both within the University and with external partners, and leads the Initiative’s corporate engagement activities.
Prior to joining the DSI, Liz held positions in Harvard’s Office of the Vice Provost for Research, first as Director of Research Policy and Education, and then as Assistant Provost for Research Development and Planning. In her time in the OVPR she created a central research development organization and doubled the number of external funding competitions at Harvard. She implemented three new university-wide internal funding competitions that fund high-risk, high reward, transformative research and was integral to growing Harvard’s corporate engagement efforts.
Liz began her career at the University of California, San Francisco and spent ten years with the University, most recently as the UC System’s Legislative Director for Research in Washington, DC. Liz received her MA in International Relations and Spanish from the University of St. Andrews and her LL.M. in International Law from the University of Edinburgh.