Risk Council

What is the Risk Council? 

MIT's Risk Council is composed of staff from across the Institute who address risk in their operations, representing central, academic, and research areas.

The Risk Council:

  • Advises and partners with Risk Management & Compliance Services;
  • Promotes risk management in the spirit of MIT's guiding principles;
  • Assists in connecting and communicating with individuals and units who address risk management and mitigation in their operations; and
  • Increases mutual understanding and awareness of risk at MIT.

Risk Council Chair:

  • Deborah L. Fisher - Institute Risk Officer, Risk Management & Compliance Services (RMCS)

Risk Council Members:

  • Richard L. Amster, Jr. - Director, Campus Engineering and Construction
  • Michael C. Bowers - Associate Director for Business & Technology Audit Services, Audit Division
  • Rebecca Chamberlain - Administrative Officer, Department of Biology
  • John Charles - Vice President, Information Systems & Technology (IS&T)
  • Michelle D. Christy - Director, Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP), Office of the Provost
  • Peter D. Cummings - Executive Director of Administration, Office of the Dean for Student Life (DSL)
  • Andrew Deardorff - Western Operational Risk Manager, MIT Lincoln Laboratory
  • Meghan M. Devaney - Manager of Institutional Risk Services, Risk Management & Compliance Services (RMCS)
  • David Van Diamond, MD - Associate Medical Director, MIT Medical
  • John DiFava - Director, Facilities Operations and Security
  • Regina Dugan - Counsel, Office of the General Counsel (OGC)
  • Ruth Fishbein - Director, Performance Improvement/Risk Management, MIT Medical
  • Deborah L. Fisher - Institute Risk Officer, Risk Management & Compliance Services (RMCS)
  • Kathleen M. Flynn - Manager of Operations, MIT Human Resources
  • Martha Jane Gagnon - Associate Audit Director, Standards and Strategy, and Lincoln Laboratory Audit Services, Audit Division
  • Ken Goldsmith - Assistant Dean for Finance and Administration, School of Architecture and Planning
  • Ronald E. Hasseltine - Assistant Provost for Research Administration, Office of the Vice President for Research (VPR)
  • Danielle Khoury - Controller, Office of the Vice President for Finance (VPF)
  • Deborah Ann Leitch - Senior Director, Special Projects, Office of the Executive Vice President and Treasurer (EVPT)
  • Colleen Leslie - Director of Research Administration & Compliance, Office of the Vice President for Research (VPR)
  • Marianthe Mewkill - Chief Financial Officer, MIT Investment Management Company (MITIMCo)
  • Kathleen K. Miller - Manager of Institutional Compliance, Risk Management & Compliance Services (RMCS)
  • Sandra L. Mitchell - Director of Insurance, Office of Insurance
  • Michael J. Moody - Institute Auditor, Audit Division
  • Elizabeth M. Ogar - Executive Director, Gift Administration and Recording Secretary, Office of the Executive Vice President and Treasurer (EVPT)
  • Gerard O'Toole - Director of Financial Operations, Office of the Vice President for Finance (VPF)
  • Marianna C. Pierce - Director, Policy, Compliance, and Labor Relations, MIT Human Resources
  • David M. Pronchick - Assistant Department Head, FI, MIT Lincoln Laboratory
  • Jesse Elizabeth Souweine - Senior Associate Dean, Administration, Sloan School of Management
  • Blanche E. Staton - Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Education, Office of the Dean for Graduate Education (ODGE)
  • David A. Suski - Counsel, Office of the General Counsel (OGC)
  • Brian E. Tavares - Senior Financial Officer, School of Engineering (SoE)
  • William VanSchalkwyk - Managing Director, Environment, Health & Safety Programs (EHS)
  • Mark Waters - Director of Student Receivables, Student Financial Services (SFS), Office of the Dean for Undergraduate Education (DUE)
  • Bernd Widdig - Director, International Affairs, Office of the Provost
  • Jaren Wilcoxson - Counsel, Office of the General Counsel (OGC)