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Join us in congratulating Catherine Pattanayak on her promotion to Director of OPIA!

The title of Director has shifted from Alexa (which she had in addition to Assistant Dean for Public Service, which Alexa retains) to Catherine to reflect the reality that Catherine is doing a lot of the day-to-day running of OPIA and to recognize Catherine’s many incredible contributions to HLS. Alexa did not retire, nor was she promoted or demoted.

Catherine joined OPIA in the spring of 2009 after practicing law in both the public and private sectors. Before joining OPIA, Catherine worked as a senior attorney with the NIH Branch of the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the General Counsel. During her three year tenure at HHS, Catherine served as the lead Branch attorney for grants policy, compliance and enforcement issues and international legal issues, and received, among other performance awards, three NIH Director’s Awards, the highest award given by the NIH. Prior to her government service, Catherine worked as a health care associate in the Boston office of Ropes & Gray LLP. Catherine is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School (’04), where she served on the Board of Student Advisers, and a magna cum laude graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service (’99). Between college and law school, Catherine worked as a Research Analyst with the Chemical and Biological Arms Control Institute in Washington, DC.  Catherine was a 2014 recipient of the Dean’s Award for Excellence and received the Suzanne L. Richardson Staff Recognition Award from the Class of 2015.