Catherine Fazio

Catherine Fazio

Managing Director, MIT Innovation Initiative United States of America

Catherine Fazio is the Managing Director of the MIT Lab for Innovation Science and Policy at the MIT Innovation Initiative. She directs the launch and strategy of this newly-formed research laboratory which studies the factors shaping innovation outcomes and investigates how to accelerate innovation in service to the world. Catherine previously served as a partner at Kirkland & Ellis, LLP. Among other activities, she formulated the strategy and directed operations for multiple, billion dollar arbitrations, served as lead antitrust counsel on a range of multi-national mergers and acquisitions, and counseled clients on risk mitigation strategies. Catherine was also a trial attorney for the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where she led several significant merger investigations and worked to preserve competition in numerous industries. Catherine serves on the Board of the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture and the Development Committee for the Atrium School in Watertown, Massachusetts. Catherine received a J.D. from Stanford University, an M.B.A. from the Sloan Fellows Program in Innovation and Global Leadership at MIT, and a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley.