As the University of Pittsburgh’s senior vice chancellor and chief financial officer, Hari Sastry is a key member of Chancellor Patrick Gallagher’s senior leadership team. Appointed in 2018, he oversees all financial resources for the University—including general, student, cost and research accounting, budget and financial reporting, treasury responsibilities, payroll, purchasing, risk management, tax matters and investments. He also partners with University leadership on strategic planning and performance measurement.
Prior to joining Pitt, Sastry directed the Office of U.S. Foreign Assistance Resources at the Department of State. In this post, he managed all aspects of the $37 billion foreign assistance budget for the State Department and the United States Agency for International Development, including planning, budget formulation and execution, and program performance.
Earlier in his career, Sastry served as deputy assistant secretary for resource management in the U.S. Department of Commerce, where he was responsible for the department’s budget, performance, and risk management operations. He has also served in the White House Office of Management and Budget as chief of the Veterans Affairs and Defense Health Branch. In this role, he managed all budget and policy matters related to the U.S. Department of Defense’s health care system and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Sastry, a Chicago native, holds a Master of Public Policy from Georgetown University, a Master of Public Health in epidemiology from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a Bachelor of Science in mathematics from the University of Michigan.