A world-class institute of changemakers in the deaf and signing community.
Since 1864, we have been investing in and creating resources for deaf and hard of hearing children, their families, and the professionals who work with them.
Over 50 degree programs, with online and continuing education for personal and professional development.
Innovating solutions to break down barriers, and using science to prove what does and doesn’t work.
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As an institution with a rich history of transformation and impact for more than 150 years, Gallaudet has been driving political, social, and economic impact in the signing and deaf community.
Preparing students to flourish; Deaf and hearing students thrive professionally; the go-to source of knowledge, history, achievement, and inspiration and helping society value and appreciate all that deaf people have to offer.
Its extensive leadership and support network promises a world-class bilingual education, an equitable and welcoming learning experience, and a thriving hub of research and innovation creating an impact for the signing and Deaf community around the world.
Gallaudet is a federally funded and donor-supported university, governed by a Board of Trustees. The majority-deaf board of 18 trustees and three Congressional appointees works closely with the President to establish the vision for Gallaudet University and to chart the way forward.
Strategic partnerships with multiple brands have created a rich signing ecosystem throughout the campus, its neighborhood in Washington, D.C., and the virtual world beyond.
Gallaudet University is a federally chartered private and premier university for the deaf and hard of hearing since 1864.
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Heather Harker joined Gallaudet University as Chief of Staff in 2016. In this role, she supports the President and the executive leadership team in advancing strategic initiatives.
Ms. Harker was previously director of programs at Third Sector New England (TSNE)/Mission Works, which focuses on building power, knowledge, and effectiveness of nonprofit organizations. Prior to her 15 years with TSNE, she was a teaching fellow at the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government, and served as assistant director of the Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. She participated in a three-year Kellogg International Leadership Program, which brought together 60 leaders and community change-makers from the United States, southern Africa, and Latin America.
Ms. Harker has also been a fellow with Discovering Deaf Worlds (2013-2014) which was focused on cross-cultural learning and capacity building in the Republic of the Philippines. She has served on the boards, including as Chair, of DEAF, Inc (2000-2005), The Learning Center for the Deaf (2005-2012), and Gallaudet University (2009-2016). An Echoing Green fellowship for social entrepreneurship took her to Malaysia to work with the deaf community to establish a public health workshop series, English as a Second Language programs, and a summer youth leadership camp, and gave her the opportunity to teach in schools for deaf students.
Ms. Harker earned her undergraduate degree in international relations from Brown University and a Master of Public Administration degree from Harvard University.
Dominic Lacy became Gallaudet’s first Chief Operating Officer in January 2020. He is responsible for ensuring that there is high-functioning administrative and operational support for the university community, including the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center, and providing strategic leadership and direction to assure agile and responsive infrastructure and personnel to fulfill the university’s mission. He is in charge of developing effective teams and operations throughout the university, and strengthening innovation and entrepreneurship as part of the university’s culture. Currently, he is one of the principal leaders of the university’s COVID-10 response team.
Mr. Lacy came to the university from Communication Service for the Deaf (CSD), where he was chief innovation officer and director of the organization’s Social Venture Fund. Previously, he worked for 14 years with Accenture plc, first in finance as an analyst, and then as a senior manager. He worked across different business domains, in technology consulting, management consulting, operations, and strategy consulting. He has worked with Fortune 500 companies to help them achieve strategic objectives such as streamlining operations and planning for the intersection of emerging technologies with business. He also has supported and led various types of multi-functional/cross-functional projects across many different industries with budgets upwards of $350 million. Industries served include resources, health care, high technology, consumer packaged goods and financial services.
A native of St. Louis, Mr. Lacy received a degree in finance with a minor in political science at Southern Methodist University. He served on the board of the Deaf Action Center in Dallas for ten years, and was its first Deaf board president. In this role, he led a $15 million redevelopment project. He also served as a commissioner for the City of Dallas Community Development Commission.
Brad comes from Communication Service for the Deaf (CSD) where he served as their CFO for the past eight years, as well as treasurer of the CSD Board. During his time at CSD, Brad built a team of twelve Deaf financial professionals and led a system-wide implementation of new accounting, human resources and payroll systems along with financial planning and analysis tools which greatly enhanced real-time reporting and visibility into CSD’s financials. He also helped establish the first Deaf-led Social Venture Fund that invests in and supports innovative companies in the Deaf community, creating a framework for investment growth supporting the non-profit organization’s mission.
A certified public accountant (CPA), Brad brings more than eighteen years of experience in financial management and oversight. He has advised and maintained client relationships in a variety of industries, including nonprofit, government, healthcare and technology—both nationally and abroad. Prior to CSD, he worked in senior auditing positions at KPMG LLP.
Brad holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in professional accounting from The University of Texas at Austin, where he played football for the Longhorns. He also served as a board member and treasurer for the Texas School for the Deaf Foundation.
Natalie Sinicrope was named general counsel for the university in September 2019, after having served as interim general counsel since October 2018. In this role, she manages the university’s legal representation in all litigation and administrative proceedings. Ms. Sinicrope provides counsel and advice concerning compliance with federal, state, and local law and regulations affecting institutions of higher education and legal advice, including preventative legal services and legal representation in monitoring and resolving disputes that may lead to litigation. She supports the university’s mission and its commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusive excellence; and advises the President, the Executive Team, and senior leadership on a wide range of legal and strategic matters.
Prior to joining Gallaudet, Ms. Sinicrope was a litigator in private practice at Hogan Lovells, and before that an investigator in the Civil Rights Division, Disability Rights Section, at the United States Department of Justice. She is a graduate of American University and Georgetown University Law Center.
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