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Chief of Staff to the Chief Operating Officer

Judy Vitrano

Judy Vitrano

Chief of Staff to the Chief Operating Officer
Tulane University

Judy Vitrano was appointed as Chief of Staff to the Chief Operating Officer in 2021. In this role, she serves as trusted advisor and counsel to the Chief Operating Officer. She plans, implements, communicates, and ensures key initiatives are being advanced at Tulane. She also represents the COO at times to internal and external constituencies while coordinating and managing the day-to-day operations of the COO’s administrative office.

Judy is a native New Orleanian and has a BS in Economics and an MBA from the University of New Orleans. She has had an accomplished, 30-year career at Tulane, serving in various financial and administrative roles in the Budget Office, the Law School, and a shared research instrumentation department. She was also an adjunct instructor in the Tulane A.B. Freeman School of Business. Her long tenure and experience across different areas of the university and her established relationships gives her a unique and valuable perspective to serve in this role.

In her previous role as the Associate Vice President of Institutional Budgets and Planning, Judy has been responsible for the implementation and management of the university’s responsibility centered management financial model. She has been a key member in driving the vast improvement in the university’s financial position. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she oversaw the monitoring spending controls and policies and played a large part in our continued financial sustainability. She has been a strategic partner, participating on administrative council and several other key committees throughout the university. Finally, as an inaugural member of the Anti-Racism Leadership Program of the Tulane University Leadership Institute, she is a strong advocate for equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts across the university.