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  1. James Casey

    James Casey, Director of Office of Sponsored Programs

    Sponsored Programs

    James Casey is a leader in the research administration and legal communities. As Director, Office of Sponsored Programs, he is responsible for the direction and management of all pre-award and non-financial post award grant and contract administratio… More

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    (202) 885-3457


  1. Ashley Alexander

    Ashley Alexander, Assistant Director, Sponsored Programs

    Sponsored Programs

    Ashley J. Alexander joined OSP in July, 2015, and has over seven years of sponsored research experience. As Assistant Director, Ashley manages the daily activities of the Office of Sponsored Programs. Ashley supervises five Grant and Contract Manager… More

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    (202) 885-3449

  2. Cristina Corvo

    Cristina Corvo, Grant & Contract Manager

    Sponsored Programs

    Cristina Corvo joined OSP in March 2016 as a Grant and Contract Manager. Prior to joining the OSP, Cristina worked in the Office of Sponsored Programs at Stanford University. Cristina has a M.Sc. in Public Affairs, International Relations, from the U… More

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    (202) 885-3445

  3. Joseph Gesa

    Joseph Gesa, Electronic Research Administrator

    Sponsored Programs

    As the Electronic Research Administrator, Joe is responsible for the technical operations of the office, including managing all electronic systems related to the submission of grant proposals and management of funded projects. Joe’s other duties incl… More

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    (202) 885-3977

  4. Jennifer Maher

    Jennifer Maher, Operations and Communications Manager

    Sponsored Programs

    Jennifer Maher joined OSP in August 2016. Prior to joining OSP, Jennifer worked at Georgetown University where she assisted in launching the MA degree in Asian Studies as well as the federally funded East Asian National Resource Center. Jennifer has … More

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    (202) 885-3474

  5. Trent Palzer

    Trent Palzer, Grant & Contract Manager

    Sponsored Programs

    Trent Palzer joined OSP in August 2016 as a Grant and Contract Manager focusing on both pre and post-award functions. Prior to joining AU’s OSP, Trent worked as an analyst within the Training Grants Support Office of The Graduate School, Northwester… More

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    (202) 885-3156

  6. Stephen Petix

    Stephen Petix, Grant and Contract Manager

    Sponsored Programs

    Stephen Petix joined OSP in September 2015 as a Grant and Contact Manager focusing on post award functions. Before joining AU’s OSP, Stephen worked over ten years in sponsored research positions in both pre and post award capacities. He spent eight y… More

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    (202) 885-3994

  7. Vibeke Svensson

    Vibeke Svensson, Grant & Contract Manager

    Sponsored Programs

    Vibeke Svensson joined OSP in June 2016 as a Grant and Contract Manager. Vibeke has more than 15 years of international experience. Vibeke started her career in research in the field of Life Sciences at University of Copenhagen. She has since worked … More

    Send email to Vibeke Svensson

    (202) 885-3980