Manuel joined Harvard University as Vice President for Human Resources in August of 2021. In this capacity, he sets the overall strategic vision for Human Resources aimed at elevating the University’s profile as a progressive, business-forward employer, recruiting and retaining diverse talent, providing development opportunities for all members of the University workforce, and serving as a thought leader on how Harvard can thrive in the workplace of the future. He has oversight of and responsibility for staff employment policies, labor relations, benefits/wellbeing and compensation programs for the entire University, and serves as the coordinating partner to the HR leaders at each of Harvard’s 12 individual schools. He is also responsible for all aspects of HR for Central Administration and has oversight of Harvard’s contingent workforce.
Most recently, Manuel was Vice President for Human Resources and Chief Human Resources Officer at Northwestern University. Previously, he had a successful career at Motorola Solutions, Inc. in Chicago, which culminated in his service as Chief Human Resources Officer and Corporate Vice President of Employment Law.
He earned his BA from the University of Notre Dame and his JD from the University of Puerto Rico, School of Law. He holds Information Privacy Professional (CIPP) and Information Privacy Manager (CIPM) certifications from the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), and a Master’s Degree in Executive Coaching & Leadership from Universitat de Barcelona/OBS.
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