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Administrative Leads

Central Administration

Janeen Giusti, Executive Assistant to the Dean

Janeen leads the administrative team in the Office of the Dean for H&S and is the executive assistant to Dean Debra Satz. Janeen began her career at Stanford in 2006 in the H&S Dean's Office. In 2008, she moved to a role supporting the Stanford Arts Institute and helped support the opening of the Bing Concert Hall in January of 2013. She returned to H&S in November of 2013. Outside of work, Janeen enjoys running, reading, and watching sports.

External Relations

Neil Penick, Associate Dean for External Relations

Neil Penick oversees the School of Humanities and Sciences development, donor relations, public relations, and alumni relations efforts. Neil started in the Stanford Fund in 2003 and then joined The Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies as the Senior Associate Director of Development in 2006. 


Julie L. Hardin, Executive Director of Facilities and Capital Planning

Julie is the director of Facilities and Capital Planning. She is responsible for facilities planning; space management; health, safety, and security; and renovation and construction activities in the School of Humanities and Sciences. Julie leads a staff of six professionals and focuses on growing their talent and professional development.

Julie's successes share a common theme: balancing stability with clarity and vision and developing productive partnerships through excellent communication with colleagues. These relationships both at Stanford and externally have contributed to a rewarding career of more than 20 years at the university and the successful completion of many noteworthy projects.

During her personal time, Julie enjoys cooking, gardening, fly fishing, and spending time with her family and friends.

Faculty Affairs

Lisa Thomas, Assistant Dean for Faculty Affairs

Faculty Affairs is responsible for faculty affairs and general support of the school's cluster deans. The group include manages all academic council faculty appointment and promotion processes, all teaching appointments, and academic council faculty sabbaticals and leaves. Staff associates to each dean maintain records of all senior associate dean decisions and provide support in faculty recruitment and retention, in addition to academic department oversight.


Jim Henry, Chief Financial Officer

The Dean’s Office Finance team provides strategic decision support to H&S leadership through financial analysis and management, reporting, and strategic planning. The team supports departments and programs through the annual accounting cycle and also works closely with central university offices on financial matters.

Graduate and Undergraduate Studies

Susan Weersing, Associate Dean, Graduate and Undergraduate Studies

In her role as associate dean, Susan oversees the Office of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies (GUS). The work of GUS is wide ranging, encompassing areas as diverse as initiation of new degree programs, curricular review and assessment, graduate aid and fellowships, student academic grievances and mediation, and graduate diversity and retention.

Prior to stepping into her current position, Susan managed the Department of Sociology and the Program in Urban Studies at Stanford. She also worked extensively in the nonprofit world, providing and managing services that support individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. 

When not in meetings or dealing with a thorny issue, Susan is either walking, reading a new book, or trying to do both at the same time.

Human Resources

Sumitra Krishnan, Chief Human Resources Officer

Sumitra manages the School of Humanities and Sciences human resources function. She leads a team of HR professionals and serves as a strategic advisor on all areas of HR. In her role, she helps define H&S HR initiatives by understanding the school's goals, issues, and needs. 

Prior to her current position, Sumitra was at the School of Medicine for over 10 years where her efforts focused on developing and implementing strategic initiatives around workforce planning, talent acquisition, process improvement, and faculty development programs. Her experience previous to Stanford also includes student services and operations management before dedicating her career to HR.

Outside of work, Sumitra enjoys traveling, running and spending time with her family and friends.

Information Technology

Andy Miller, Chief Information Officer

Andy leads the IT team in the dean’s office and is responsible for setting strategic direction and advocating for the H&S community on IT matters. He also participates in a variety of committees and working groups at the university level, including the CIO Council and the IT Experiential Development Program. Andy joined Stanford in 2022. He holds a PhD in technology management, an MS in computer science, and a BA in music. 

Planning, Compliance, and Administrative Effectiveness

Ellie Fischbacher Maldonado, Chief Planning Officer

Ellie is responsible for managing an effective planning process for H&S; maintaining information resources in support of the school’s research and educational mission and its administrative operations; enhancing research operations; and serving as the primary advocate for departments and programs in support of administrative processes and systems implementations.

Public Relations/Communications

Joy Leighton, Senior Director of Public Relations

Joy manages the communications team, which supports Dean Satz and school-wide priorities and initiatives. The communications team provides strategy and production support around all messaging as well as collaborates with campus partners to advance the school and university's mission. Joy also manages media requests and sets the strategy for the school's website.

Research Administration

Sonia Barragan, Executive Director of Research Administration

Sonia provides guidance and expertise to solve complex problems in research administration throughout H&S. Sonia and her team are a key resource in proposal development, award management, research compliance, quarterly certification of expenditures, conflict of interest management, and policy interpretation. They collaborate with department research administrators to develop recommendations for system enhancements and process improvements that increase staff effectiveness and reduce administrative burden in the realm of research administration. Additionally, they represent the school on a number of university committees and serve as primary H&S contact with the Office of the Vice Provost and Dean of Research and the Office of Research Administration.