The Keck School of Medicine of USC’s Rene Pak was announced as the new chief of staff for the office of the president of the University of Southern California in a recent memo from USC President-Elect Carol L. Folt.

Pak will be responsible for the overall management of the president’s office, overseeing administrative functions, and will support the president in advancing the mission of the university.

“She will be a key partner as I seek to strengthen relationships with the community and the Trojan Family both on and off campus,” Folt said in the memo. “As we continue to advance toward our highest aspirations, she will provide expertise and experience to ensure we are able to implement plans to achieve the ambitious goals we share for USC in the coming years.”

Pak joined the Keck School in 2012, and was ultimately promoted to the role of chief of staff in the dean’s office. During her time at the medical school, Pak provided direction for a variety of ongoing initiatives, including administrative leadership in creating the school’s most recent 10-year strategic plan in 2017.

She is an alumna of USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, and brings extensive experience in global finance and marketing from her career prior to joining USC. She assisted major institutions such as East West Bank and the Gartner Group in expanding business opportunities and capitalizing on international partnerships, before returning to her alma mater.

Folt concluded the memo by welcoming Pak to her staff, saying, “Our university has been fortunate to benefit from Ms. Pak’s strategic insight, and I am very excited that she has decided to join my team.”