The Common Spaces team is dedicated to working inclusively and collaboratively with partners from across the University to provide experiences and spaces that foster Harvard’s social, cultural, and intellectual life.
Director of Common Spaces
Julie develops the programmatic vision for Common Spaces and enjoys working closely with Harvard's leadership, constituents, and audiences. With planning for the Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center well underway, Julie is responsible for the programming and operational plans for the new Campus Center, participating in many collaborative working groups to ensure this important common space will be a dynamic and vibrant center for University life.
Prior to joining Harvard, Julie worked at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, where she has spent many years developing unique programs for two of Boston’s most iconic institutions. Julie holds a Master’s Degree in Arts Administration from Boston University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Art from Smith College. She is a lifelong New Englander and avid cultural traveler with family in Spain and Africa.
Lara E. Adams
Associate Director of Common Spaces
Part of the Common Spaces team since 2013, Lara is responsible for the operational management of Common Spaces venues. She develops and supports programs in the Science Center Plaza, including the food truck program, pop-up concerts, wellness classes, and student activities. Lara loves the role that Common Spaces plays in the Harvard community, bringing neighbors and students together and helping to make the campus a place of joy and engagement. Over her 14 year tenure at Harvard she has served the University in a variety of roles including the Department Administrator for the Vice President of Campus Services.
Lara is a graduate of Berklee College of Music with a degree in Film Scoring. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, sailing, and popular nerdy entertainments (your LOTRs, your space operas). She lives locally with her husband, Jeff, and new puppy, Luce.
Julianna F. Buck
Program Coordinator for Common Spaces
The most recent addition to the Common Spaces team, Julianna assists in the coordination of events on the Plaza, the Patio, and the Porch including performer series, wellness programs, student events, and the food truck program. Enthusiastic about community building and engagement, Julianna is delighted to be part of the Common Spaces team and the Harvard community.
Julianna most recently held a position in External Relations at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and previously worked on events and community engagement at both the MFA and the Boston Center for the Arts. A graduate of Emerson College with her B.S. in Marketing Communication, Julianna spent much of her undergraduate career working in the Office of Student Life and is excited to again be working in higher education. She is passionate about physical fitness and is most often found taking dance classes, Zumba, step aerobics, or training for her next race.