Julie A. Lucas has served as the vice president for resource development at MIT since 2014. In this role, she reports to President L. Rafael Reif and directs the Institute's fundraising enterprise, securing resources to ensure MIT’s leadership in higher education. To build philanthropic support for priority areas, Ms. Lucas collaborates closely with the offices of the provost and chancellor, and vice presidents, deans, faculty, alumni association leadership, and volunteers.

In 2016, Ms. Lucas spearheaded the public launch of the MIT Campaign for a Better World, an ambitious $5 billion fundraising initiative that amplifies the Institute’s distinctive strength in education, research, and innovation, and will advance MIT’s work on some of the world’s biggest challenges. Under Ms. Lucas’s leadership, the Institute elevated its fundraising aspirations to embrace the tremendous possibilities of the new MIT Stephen A. Schwarzman College of Computing. In December 2018, President Reif announced that MIT would increase the Campaign goal to $6 billion. The Office of Resource Development finished the past four fiscal years with the highest fundraising results in the Institute’s century-and-a-half history, all in support of MIT’s mission to build a better world.

Lucas has more than 20 years of experience as a development professional and has held senior roles at various institutions prior to joining MIT, including University of Southern California, Fordham Law School, Hofstra University, and New York University (NYU) and its business and law schools. She earned a BA from McDaniel College, MS from Hofstra University, and advanced certification from NYU’s Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising.