Serena Rao

Director, Finance and Strategy

Serena Rao
(650) 725-1002

As the Director of Finance and Strategy, I oversee the finance and facility operations for the Libraries, including the University Press. That includes managing annual budget and financial cycles, procurement, research administration, facilities services, and capital planning. I also serve as an advisor for the leadership team, applying strategic thinking to optimize resource allocations and using analytical approach to solve operational problems. My teams aim to provide prudent stewardship for library and university resources, including funding, space, and people, streamline administrative and planning processes for the organization, and bring excellent service support for library staff. 


  • LEAD: Corporate Innovation Certificate, Stanford Graduate School of Business
  • MPA, Public and Nonprofit Management and Policy, New York University
  • Dual BAs, Public Policy and Economics, Peking University

Professional activities 

Board Member, Stanford Historical Society, 2018-Present

Associate Chair, Stanford Asian Staff Forum, 2017-Present

Assistant Director of Budget Planning, University Budget Office, 2011-2018 

Area Steering Group member, University Long-Range Plannning, 2017

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