Diane MacDonald is the chief financial officer (CFO) and treasurer at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. As CFO, she oversees financial planning and budgeting; grant preparation, award management, and regulatory compliance; and all financial services including accounting, payroll, procurement, and preparation of annual audits. She works directly with scientific staff to incorporate resource planning with scientific planning, and supports the chief operating officer on strategic initiatives.
MacDonald has worked with Broad Institute leadership since 2001, when she joined the Whitehead Institute/MIT Center for Genome Research, now part of the Broad. There, she served as director of financial planning and budgets. She managed the transition of the Genome Center from the Whitehead Institute to MIT in 2003 and helped to lead the strategic planning of the Broad towards independence.
Prior to joining the Broad, MacDonald served as the director of finance and operations for Health Care For All, Inc., and Community Catalyst, Inc., to navigate a new strategic partnership that adjoined the administrative functions of the two organizations. Before that, she spent over ten years at the City of Boston, Office of Budget Management, capped with a 3-year stint as the city’s budget director in charge of a $1.6 billion operating budget and $1 billion capital plan. She has also completed financial management and program analysis engagements as a project consultant to government and nonprofit agencies.
MacDonald received her B.A. from Eisenhower College and her M.P.A.-U.R.P. from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.