As interim chief financial officer, Dr. Stefano Falconi oversees Berklee’s Finance and Accounting Services Department, as well as certain areas within administration and operations. Falconi joined Berklee in 2021 as senior advisor to the president. In this role, he worked to initiate and participate in strategic analyses of several areas, including Berklee’s existing global presence, cybersecurity systems and procedures, and institution-wide information platforms. He was also a key collaborator and contributor to the development of the FY 2023 budget.
Falconi came to Berklee from his role as managing director at Berkeley Research Group (BRG), a leading global consulting firm located in Emeryville, California, San Francisco’s East Bay innovation hub. In that position, he led and expanded the BRG higher education consulting practice, including developing a specialization in institutional mergers. Falconi’s wealth of experience includes 30 years as an academic innovator in higher education in the areas of strategic planning, academic governance, finance, operations, information technology, research administration, and capital projects. He brings an established record of success in managing the finance and operations of major research-intensive universities (e.g., Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Carnegie Mellon), together with a deep commitment to the larger mission of the academic enterprise.
Before joining BRG, Falconi served as senior vice president for finance and administration, and treasurer at Simmons College; vice president, chief financial officer, and treasurer of Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey; and vice president for administration and chief financial officer of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. As director of finance at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he was responsible for strategic financial planning, budgeting, and capital planning. He also held several positions at Harvard University, where he worked in academic planning, sponsored research, and finance. In all of these positions as well as in his consulting practice, Falconi directed the development and deployment of innovative management information systems for utilization in those institutions’ financial planning and budgeting processes. He also coauthored a strategic financial planning model for universities.
Falconi holds a J.D. from the University of Padua in Italy, where he graduated maxima cum laude, and an M.B.A. with second-year honors from the Harvard School of Business Administration. He is a member of the Italian bar and practiced corporate law for several years in Italy prior to moving to the U.S.