Title Chief Human Resources Officer and Executive Director, HBS Initiatives

Ellen Mahoney is the Chief Human Resources Officer of Harvard Business School and the Executive Director, HBS Initiatives. She is responsible for managing all aspects of the School’s human resources function for the 1,000 administrative staff who support the School’s mission.  As a member of the senior administrative management team, Ellen works closely with the School’s leadership on organizational design, human resources strategic initiatives, talent management, recruitment, compensation, professional development, and labor relations.  Ellen also oversees seven Initiatives that support cross-School collaboration around key topic areas including Social Enterprise, Entrepreneurship, Healthcare, Leadership, and Business and Environment.

Ellen participates in the senior human resources management team at Harvard University, where she contributes as a member of a variety of committees and task forces, including participation in past union negotiations and, most recently, spearheading a talent management initiative. Ellen’s previous experience at Harvard University includes six years running a career and professional development office that served Harvard’s 12,000 administrative staff. 

Ellen serves on a variety of non-profit boards including the Soldier’s Field Park Children’s Center Board of Directors, the Parents of the Dolphins (Belmont’s swim team), and the Belmont After School Collaborative. Ellen holds a BS from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a JD, cum laude, from Suffolk University Law School. She is a member of the Massachusetts bar.