Katherine N. Lapp

Katie Lapp is Harvard University's Executive Vice President.  In this role, she is responsible for the financial, administrative, and operational aspects of the University and is a member of the president's senior management team.

Prior to her appointment at Harvard in 2009, Ms. Lapp served as executive vice president for business operations for the University of California.  She also served as executive director and chief executive officer for the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority from 2000 through 2006, where she was responsible for the operations, finances, and long-term business strategies of North America’s largest regional transportation network. 

Prior to joining MTA, Ms. Lapp had a distinguished legal career, serving as New York State Director of Criminal Justice and Commissioner of the Criminal Justice Services Department; as New York City’s Criminal Justice Coordinator; and as chief of staff and special counsel to the New York City Deputy Mayor for Public Safety.

Ms. Lapp earned a BA in history from Fairfield University in 1978 and a law degree from Hofstra University in 1981.