McAllister & Quinn is excited to announce the promotion of Jessica C. Venable, Ph.D. to Vice President of the Research Universities Practice. In this role, Dr. Venable will plan and lead comprehensive services to help universities grow and mature their research enterprises. She will also manage a large portfolio of primarily R1 and R2 clients both in the U.S. and abroad. From 2016-2021, Dr. Venable served as the Executive Director of McAllister & Quinn’s Research Universities Practice; and as Vice President, she will be an integral contributor to developing and implementing the Practice’s strategic plan.
Bringing more than 20 years of experience in research development, Dr. Venable helps college and university clients identify and implement strategic activities to increase institutional competitiveness for extramural research funding. One of her most significant contributions to the firm has been the creation of McAllister & Quinn’s Capacity Building service line. In addition to advising the firm on effective faculty training, Dr. Venable designs and delivers workshops on grantsmanship, helping researchers to develop the hard and soft skills necessary to become successful in the extramural funding marketplace. Over her career, Dr. Venable has led more than 200 grantsmanship training sessions across leading academic institutions and nonprofit organizations.
“We are excited to promote Jessica to this position and are extremely confident in her ability to lead the practice as we expand our work with colleges and universities from across the US and internationally,” says Andy Quinn, who founded the firm with partner John McAllister in 2004. “We will draw upon Jessica’s deep experience in research development to help serve our R1 and R2 institutions in this increasingly competitive environment.”
Prior to joining McAllister & Quinn, Dr. Venable was the Coordinator for Research Development Services at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), where she provided individualized research and proposal development assistance to faculty; assisted in the development and submission of high priority institutional grant proposals; and created and organized numerous grant training programs that significantly improved the University’s return on investment. Including her nine-year career at VCU, Dr. Venable has worked consistently in the fields of sponsored programming for education reform in areas serving high populations of underrepresented ethnic minorities, including Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions, and tribal communities.
Among her professional and community activities, Dr. Venable has served as a grant reviewer for numerous federal agencies. She is also active in multiple professional organizations, including the National Organization of Research Development Professionals (NORDP), where she has served in various committee roles. Dr. Venable earned her Ph.D. from VCU, an M.A. from George Washington University and her A.B. from Princeton University.
Based in Washington, D.C. with 50+ full-time employees, McAllister & Quinn is a comprehensive grants consulting firm that provides a full range of services to a diverse group of clients. McAllister & Quinn has a Higher Education Practice that serves small and mid-size colleges and universities, and a Research Universities Practice that serves larger clients including public and private research universities, integrated medical research practices, academic medical centers, and other research-intensive organizations that are seeking to diversify their sources of sponsored research dollars, as well as expand efforts to build technology consortiums.##END