Lisa J. Baratta appointed Associate Dean of Mason Gross

lisa barattaAfter nearly a decade carving out a lucrative career in the financial and for-profit sectors, Lisa Baratta decided to take the leap and pursue work in not-for-profits.

“My boss thought I was crazy,” Baratta says.

“Being in the for-profit [industry] was excellent in forming my approach to work because it was fast-paced,” says Baratta, who is set to begin work as Associate Dean of the Mason Gross School on Aug. 1, 2012. “You had to be concise, fast, extremely organized. The stakes were high. It was formative, but it wasn’t as fulfilling.” She holds an MBA, as well as an MA in European studies and a BA in political science.

In 2002, Baratta took a position as a financial analyst at WGBH, a Boston-based public-broadcasting company. The next year she became manager of finance in Harvard University’s Department of Visual and Environmental Studies. Baratta comes to Mason Gross from the Department of Politics at Princeton University, where she served for six years as academic manager.

Baratta does not seem to regret trading high finance for academia.

“Education is amazing because you are constantly working with people in the forefront of whatever they are studying,” Baratta says. “It’s dynamic. The conversations are always interesting. Usually people expect a lot of themselves, and they expect a lot of you. And the work makes you think of the global idea of this being for the students.”

Baratta says as Associate Dean she sees herself as “the objective, go-to person for faculty and students. Discretion is big—knowing what not to say.

“Keeping the big picture in mind is what is important to me,” Baratta adds. “You want to pave the way for the faculty to do what they do.”

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Posted July 2012