Elizabeth Hess is the Executive Director of the Institute for Quantitative Social Science. In partnership with the IQSS Faculty Director, Gary King, she is responsible for overall strategic, programmatic, and financial management of IQSS, working across the organization to ensure delivery of first-class research and administrative infrastructure to support its constituents. In addition, she oversees programmatic activities including software development projects, cloud computing resources, internal and external collaborations, and new program development.
Elizabeth is a self-described serial intrapreneur committed to the advancement of education and research through the use of technology. In this context , Elizabeth has worked in several management roles across Harvard University specific to educational technology, IT service delivery and commercialization of faculty based inventions through technology transfer. Most recently she was employee #1 and Sr. Managing Director of Product Engineering and Development at HBS Online, Harvard Business School’s digital learning initiative.
Elizabeth graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and earned a masters degree from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. She has participated in a number of Harvard Executive Education programs including Cybersecurity at the Harvard Kennedy School and Product Innovation at Harvard Business School.