Proven leader and expert in research administration with extensive experience building teams and programs. I focus on adaptability and efficiency by implementing processes to facilitate workflow and communication. My experience includes finance, administration, business development and compliance.

Currently Director of Strategy and Operations for the Center for Definitive and Curative Medicine (CDCM), a translational research center focused on developing first-in-human cell and gene therapies for patients with diseases once thought of as incurable. The CDCM is an interdepartmental team and lives in the Departments of Pediatrics, Medicine, and the Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine. In this role I am responsible for strategy, finance, operations, business development, program management and coordination, and effectuating the CDCM’s support of investigator-initiated clinical translational studies from initial discovery through completion of phase I/II proof-of-concept. My key roles are to manage, plan, and execute clinical development programs and studies, including strategic and long range planning, oversight and management of programs, their timelines, budgets, and study management plans.

My previous roles include pre-award, business management, and director roles. The most recent past position I held was as Director of Research Administration in the Department of Pediatrics, where I had oversight of research operations, financial management practices, policies, and procedures. The Department's research portfolio spanned bench to bedside with sponsored research expenditures of ~$50M per year and realized growth exceeding 100% in four years.

In my 20+ years of academic and research administration experience, I have worked in a foreign university, been an institutional signing official handling pre-award and compliance, managed a clinical department, and have participated in various University committees and focus groups that aim to improve research administration processes. I am an active member of the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA), serve as Chair of Region VI, present at regional and national meetings, and teaching traveling workshops.

Current Role at Stanford

Director of Strategy and Operations, Center for Definitive and Curative Medicine

Education & Certifications

  • CRA, Research Administrators Certification Council (2016)
  • MA, Saint Mary's College of California, Leadership (2011)
  • MA, University College Northampton, Policy Studies (2003)
  • BA, Saint Mary's College of California, Liberal Arts (1997)

Service, Volunteer and Community Work

  • Girl Scout Gold Award Committee Member, Girl Scouts (1/1/2011)

    Gold Award Committee Member



  • Traveling Faculty, National Council of University Research Administrators

    Member of traveling faculty team for Departmental Research Administration and Contract Negotiation and Administration workshops.


    Washington, DC

Work Experience

  • Director of Research Administration, Department of Pediatrics, Stanford University (3/15/2010 - 4/15/2018)

    • Oversaw research administration for department, including financial management practices, policies, and procedures, pre-award activities, program development, facilities and space management, and operations. Sponsored research expenditures ~$50M per year; growth of +110% in eight years.
    • Space and facilities oversight, management and strategic planning for Department.
    • Resident expert and mentor in research administration, providing training, advice, direction and policy interpretation to faculty and staff in the areas of financial and regulatory compliance and operations. Chief administrative member of Department of Pediatrics Research Advisory Committee and Annual Research Retreat Planning Committee.
    • Liaison to internal and external partners


    Stanford, CA

  • Division Manager, Blood & Marrow Transplantation, Stanford University (3/1/2008 - 3/14/2010)

    Business manager for the Division of Blood and Marrow Transplantation, overseeing daily operations, fiscal management, personnel management and research administration.


    Stanford, CA

  • Research Process Manager, Stanford University (11/1/2003 - 2/28/2010)

    Institutional representative partnering with faculty to manage research portfolios and prepare proposals for submission. Advised on project management and financial compliance during the life of awards. Supported the departments of Pediatrics, Medicine/Infectious Diseases, Medicine/Bioinformatics, Microbiology & Immunology, Stem Cell Institute, Cancer Institute, Institute for Immunology, Transplantation and Infection, Cardiovascular Institute. Served as expert partner for CIRM and NIH.


    Stanford, CA

  • Senior Research Grants Advisor, Oxford University (3/1/2000 - 6/30/2003)

    Team lead for medical research management group. Reviewed proposals and subcontracts with US institutions and recommended for institutional sign off. Resident expert in NIH policy.


    Oxford, UK

Professional Affiliations and Activities

  • Member and Traveling Faculty, National Council of University Research Administrators (2003 - Present)
  • Member, Society of Research Administrators International (2003 - Present)