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Clemence

Cameron Clemence is a Research Analyst for the Research Universities & Institutions Practice. In this position, he creates strategic funding plans, detailed overviews of specific agencies, and analysis of current and upcoming federal funding opportunities. Cameron also provides regular updates on the appropriations and legislative processes for McAllister & Quinn staff and clients. As a member of the Research Universities …

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Smolinksi

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Edmonson

Catherine serves as Director of Federal Affairs at McAllister & Quinn, where she provides research and analytical support to the firm’s healthcare, higher education institutions, associations, and public and private corporation clients. Catherine conducts substantive issue research and analysis on legislative and policy matters and assists in business development. She also works with clients to identify and strategically pursue funding opportunities …

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McGirk

Kathryn McGirk is a Research Analyst for McAllister & Quinn. Kathryn works with clients in the Healthcare, Higher Education, Research Universities & Institutions, and Nonprofits & Public Agencies practice areas. She helps clients identify viable funding opportunities through federal and foundation prospecting research. Kathryn also monitors and reports on congressional and administration policy. She tracks the appropriations and legislative process …

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O’Connor

Emily O’Connor serves as Managing Director of Grants and Federal Affairs at McAllister & Quinn, where she works with clients to identify, pursue, and secure federal and foundation funding. Emily works closely with clients to match institutional and faculty research strengths with timely and relevant funding opportunities that have a greater chance of success. She helps faculty to engage proactively …

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Parduhn

Jake serves as a Research Analyst for the Advanced Technology and Research Universities & Institutions Practices at McAllister & Quinn. Jake works with the firm’s clients on tracking and analyzing legislation on technology, defense, and energy R&D issues. Jake also conducts research activities related to government procurement, R&D, and other business development opportunities to support clients’ commercialization goals and provides …

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Buffinton

Julia Buffinton serves as Grants Network Manager for McAllister & Quinn. In this position, she maintains the firm’s network of grant consultants; overseeing recruitment, engagement, and professional development efforts. She also manages the firm’s online activities and conducts survey and project performance analysis. Julia primarily supports grant proposal development projects in the Higher Education, Healthcare, Nonprofit, and Research Universities & …

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Venable

Jessica Venable has primary responsibility for overseeing the Research Universities & Institutions Practice, in which she strategically addresses the needs of client organizations with high research activity. Drawing on more than 15 years of experience in sponsored research and program management, Dr. Venable provides clients with advice and support to develop relationships, identify appropriate funding opportunities, and apply for funding at …

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Granda

Darci Granda serves as a Managing Director at McAllister & Quinn, where she helps clients to identify and obtain funding through federal research and project grants, contracts, and other procurement vehicles. Darci has 10 years of experience in project management and policy implementation with both private and public sector partners. Prior to joining McAllister & Quinn, Darci spent seven years at …

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Bergen

Tim Bergen serves as Director of Federal Affairs at McAllister & Quinn. He works with companies in a variety of sectors to expand their federal business development through agency outreach, congressional support, and leveraging grant strategies. Tim analyzes legislation, forecasts contract opportunities, and researches avenues to diversify companies’ federal funding streams. Tim also specializes in project management for McAllister & …

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