I am the Director of Operations for the Center for Definitive and Curative Medicine (CDCM), a research center focused on developing cell and gene therapies for patients with diseases once thought of as incurable. In this role I am responsible for program management and coordination, enforcing the CDCM’s support of investigator-initiated clinical translational studies from initial discovery through completion of phase I/II proof-of-concept clinical studies. My key roles are to manage, plan, and execute clinical development programs and studies, including creating and managing study 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.

In my 18+ years of 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 have been presenting nationally and teaching for 10+ years, including in the role of traveling faculty for the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA). I would describe my teaching style as informative and interactive. I want people to ask questions and to share their thoughts with each other, as I believe this promotes learning and broadens the scope of knowledge gained by all participants.

Current Role at Stanford

Director of 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)