Marie Tai is an arts administrator, musician, champion for arts education. She joined the Office of the Arts at Harvard in November 2019 as Associate Director for Administration. Prior to joining Harvard University, she completed 15 years of service at Community Music Center of Boston (CMCB), where she served in multiple positions including Registrar, Early Childhood Coordinator, Administrative Director, and Chief Operating Officer.
Marie's commitment to ensuring access, equity, and inclusion is influenced by her experiences as a music student at CMCB and Berklee City Music. She believes in the power of the arts to inspire social change and finds joy in working with students, from the young to the young at heart. From 2016-2019, Marie served as a steering committee member on the National Guild of Community Arts Education’s Artists for Racial Equity Network, which seeks to raise the profile of work being led by people of color in the arts. In 2017, she was selected as one of 25 fellows to attend the National Guild’s Community Arts Education Leadership Institute (CAELI) and later became a National Guild Ambassador, helping to lead its Large Schools Network.
A native of Boston, Marie was educated in the Boston Public Schools, graduated with a B.M. from Berklee College of Music (clarinet), and M.B.A. from the University of Massachusetts. She is a community volunteer, tennis player, traveler, amateur radio operator and ukulele student.