Deb Cote

Adjunct Faculty
  • School of Business


  • MS, Northeastern University
  • BS, Boston University

About Me

Deb Cote has been Project Management Office (PMO) Director at Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute since 2007. In her role, she leads a team responsible for managing key projects for the institute, built an established project management methodology, oversees the growth of project management through training and mentoring, and manages collaboration and productivity tools. She co-founded both the DFCI Projects in Practice and the DFCI Project University training programs, increasing project management, process improvement, and change management knowledge and application throughout DFCI.

Ms. Cote is an adjunct faculty member at Harvard University’s Extension School and Simmons School of Business, where she teaches project management and change management courses for graduate and undergraduate students. She is a guest speaker at numerous healthcare, project management, and business analysis conferences. Ms. Cote is a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI), College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, Healthcare Information & Management Systems Society, Microsoft Project User Group, and The Standish Group. She manages the PMO Roundtable for the PMI Mass Bay chapter and other volunteer PMI functions, including career mentoring.

Ms. Cote previously held project management and professional services implementation leadership roles in the high-tech industry. She has also worked in the software, government contracting, and publishing sectors.

Ms. Cote earned her MS degree from Northeastern University, her BS from Boston University, and her Project Management Professional certification from the Project Management Institute.

Ms. Cote is a trustee and the treasurer of the Crescent Meadow Association. She is also a corporator for Provident Bancorp.

What I Teach

  • MGMT 221 Project Management