Lori E. Gross has been Associate Provost for Arts and Culture at Harvard University since July 2008 focusing on the university-wide arts agenda. In this role, she works with the Harvard Art Museums, the American Repertory Theater, the Nieman Foundation for Journalism, the Harvard University Press, Villa I Tatti, and the Arnold Arboretum, on issues ranging from day-to-day operational matters to strategic planning. She works with the Office for the Arts, the Mahindra Humanities Center, the Harvard University Native American Program, the Graduate School of Design, the Harvard Divinity School, and the Division of Arts and Humanities in the Faculty of Arts Sciences on cross-university issues and initiatives involving the arts and humanities. Gross is a member of the Harvard University Committee on the Arts, the Board of Trustees of the American Repertory Theater, the Film Study Center Advisory Committee, and the Executive Board of the Harvard Museums of Science and Culture.
Gross previously served as Director of Arts Initiatives and Advisor to the Associate Provost for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where her principal responsibilities included strategic planning, communications policy and implementation, resource development, and facilities planning. Prior to her career in academia, Gross held a variety of posts in museums at a number of institutions internationally, including the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Canadian Center for Architecture and worked with numerous cultural institutions in Spain. As the Founding Director of the Museum Loan Network (MLN) from its establishment in 1995 through 2007 she facilitated the long-term loan of objects of cultural heritage and encouraged interdisciplinary collaborations among U.S. institutions enabling them to better serve their communities.