Kara Palmer joined Mendoza in 2017 and holds the position of Director of Administration. In this position, she serves as the dean's chief of staff and is responsible for Mendoza’s overall staffing and organizational strategies, executing the dean's key initiatives with leaders across the College, talent and development planning, recruiting and engagement strategies. In addition, she leads a staff of employees who support faculty and staff across the College. In 2008, Palmer began her career at Notre Dame in Human Resources and participated in the University's elite Leadership Rotation Program prior to coming to Mendoza.
Palmer earned her B.S. in Organizational Leadership and Supervision from Purdue University. She holds her Certified Compensation Professional (CCP) Certificate from World and Work. In addition, she is certified in change management, project management, advanced facilitation skills, MBTI and in delivering feedback with the CCL 360 instrument. She also holds her coaching certificate and is Green Belt Certified. Kara serves on the board for the University's THRIVE Inspiring Women resource group and is also an active member of SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management).