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Melissa Alves

Melissa Alves

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Grant and Contract Manager

Melissa Alves joined OSP in April 2013. Prior to arriving at AU, she served as a Grant and Contract Administrator for the University of Pennsylvania. She began her career at Booz Allen Hamilton as a Grants Management Specialist for the Federal Depart... [More]

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Akidah Felder

Akidah Felder

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Operations and Communications Manager

Ms. Felder serves as the Operations & Communications Manager for OSP. She is responsible for managing the department's operations and communications functions, which include developing processes and standards, marketing collateral design, content cre... [More]

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Joseph Gesa

Joseph Gesa

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Systems Administrator

As the Systems Administrator, Joe is responsible for the technical operations of the office, including managing all electronic systems related to the acquisition of funding and the University’s system to system submission software. In addition, Joe p... [More]

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Irina Komives

Irina Komives

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Senior Grant & Contract Manager

Irina Komives is a Senior Grant and Contract Manager. She works with the Washington College of Law. Before joining OSP, Irina was the Associate Director for International Programs at George Mason University's Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corrup... [More]

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202-885-3156
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Shira Lowinger

Shira Lowinger

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Senior Grant & Contract Manager

Shira Lowinger joined OSP in January 2012 as a Senior Grant and Contact Manager. She previously spent over five years as the Program Administrator of the Jennings Randolph Fellowship Program and Manager of the Research Assistant Program at the United... [More]

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202-885-3445
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Cynthia Muhammad

Cynthia Muhammad

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Senior Grant and Contract Manager

Ms. Cynthia A. Muhammad serves as a Senior Grant and Contract Manager and primarily assists the College of Arts and Sciences. She has over fifteen years of research administration experience in a university setting. As a results oriented grants and c... [More]

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Rachel Pentlarge

Rachel Pentlarge

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Grant and Contract Manager

Rachel Pentlarge is a grant and contract manager, working primarily with the School of Public Affairs, the School of International Service, the Kogod School of Business, the University Library and the WINS program (Washington Internships for Native S... [More]

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