As the Finance and Sponsored Research Administrator, Lara supported faculty, research managers and EPoD leadership by providing complex financial and administrative work relating to sponsored research. She also served as a liaison to both the university's and Kennedy School's central offices for finance, research administration and sponsored programs. Prior to EPoD, Lara was at an educational organization called Facing History and Ourselves in Brookline for six years as a grants manager, monitoring project spending, translating proposals into budgets, and ensuring the grant obligations are met. Prior to Facing History, Lara had a eight-year career in Film and Television before she transitioned to the nonprofit sector in 2006. She is originally from Lexington, MA, but grew up in Monterey, California, and these days resides in Watertown. Lara holds a Bachelors of Science in Film from Boston University. Outside of work, she is an avid photographer, loves to travel just about anywhere, and is working on a memoir in the literary community of Grub Street in downtown Boston.