Anne Margulies is Vice President and University Chief Information Officer at Harvard and is responsible for information technology strategy, policies, and services that support the University’s mission of teaching, learning, and research. Anne leads Harvard University Information Technology (HUIT), which provides IT services to 30,000 educators, students, and staff.
Before returning to Harvard—she had been Assistant Provost and Executive Director for Information Systems in the late 1990s—Anne was Assistant Secretary for Information Technology and CIO for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In this capacity she developed and implemented a statewide strategic plan for IT and oversaw consolidation of a vast patchwork of agency IT organizations, operations, data centers, and networks into a coherent statewide structure. She had oversight responsibility for $500 million in annual IT spending and led an IT community of more than 2000 professionals providing statewide computing, networking, and applications development services.
Prior to her service with the Commonwealth, Anne was founding Executive Director of MIT OpenCourseWare, MIT’s internationally acclaimed initiative to publish the teaching materials for their entire curriculum openly and freely over the Internet. She was the founding Chair of the OCWConsortium, an international organization comprising 300 universities around the world working together to share educational materials. Anne’s career started in systems support and marketing at AT&T.
Anne has been recognized for her IT leadership accomplishments. In 2017, she was named to the CIO Hall of Fame, a special career recognition bestowed upon outstanding CIOs whose work has shown both creative vision and practical leadership in information technology. Anne was also awarded CIO of the Year in 2015 by the Boston Business Journal/Boston CIO Leadership Association. In 2014, she was recognized by The Center for Digital Education as one of the Top 30 Technologists, Transformers & Trailblazers. In 2009, she was a finalist for CIO of the Year Award given by the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council. Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick selected her as the sole Massachusetts state government nominee for the National Leadership in Public Service Award. In 2010, she was selected as one of the Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers by Government Technology.
Anne serves on several civic, charitable, and professional boards and committees. She sits on the board of the Massachusetts Green High-Performance Computing Center, an innovative research computing center in Holyoke, Mass. She has served on IT advisory boards at MIT, Princeton and Dartmouth. Anne was also instrumental in the early formation of edX, a joint venture with MIT to expand access to education through open, online courses.
Outside of her roles at Harvard, Anne is a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, a public agency which works to support a growing economy of Massachusetts, and the Emeritus Board of Directors of Heading Home Inc., a non-profit agency in Boston that provides housing and supportive services for homeless and low-income individuals. She also serves on the Massachusetts Cybersecurity Task Force. Formerly, Anne was a member of the National Academies Forum on Information Technology and Research Universities, the Open Learning Exchange Advisory Board, and the Massachusetts Court Management Advisory Board.