Lorraine A. Goffe was appointed Vice President for Human Resources (VP for HR) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology effective February 23, 2015. As VP for HR, Lorraine leads the human resources organization, which provides services and strategic guidance in support of MIT’s educational, research, and administrative programs. She provides senior leadership for all HR functions: Benefits (which includes the MIT Work-Life Center and MIT childcare centers); Communications; Compensation; Employee/Labor Relations and Compliance; HR Technology; MIT Policy; and Strategic Talent Management (Diversity and Inclusion; Learning and Development; Rewards & Recognition; and Staffing Services).

Prior to joining MIT, Lorraine was vice chancellor for human resources at Washington University, St. Louis. In this position, she was responsible for all aspects of university-wide human resources, as well as the Washington University Family Learning Center and the Washington University Nursery School. She worked in human resources at Washington University since 2000. Before assuming the role of vice chancellor, she was assistant vice chancellor for human resources from 2010 to 2013; director of human resources from 2006 to 2010; and director of employee relations from 2000 to 2006.

Prior to joining Washington University, Lorraine held a variety of HR leadership positions with San Diego Gas & Electric Co., Barnes-Jewish Hospital, and St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

Lorraine holds a BA in business administration from William Woods University in Fulton, MO, and an MBA from National University in San Diego. She is an alumna of Leadership St. Louis, a leadership development program for community leaders, and earned certification as a senior professional in human resources in 2003. She is a member of the National Higher Education Recruitment Consortium, the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources, and the Society for Human Resource Management. Lorraine has served on many professional and nonprofit boards during her career, and currently serves on the boards of the Northeastern Human Resources Association and the TIAA-CREF Advisory Council.