Kathryn McGirk

Director of Grants and Federal Affairs
  (202) 296-2741 x1029


Kathryn McGirk is a Director of Grants and Federal Affairs at McAllister & Quinn. In this role, Kathryn works with colleges and universities to identify viable funding opportunities and guide them through developing a competitive grant proposal. Kathryn’s specific areas of interest include the Department of Education (ED), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the Economic Development Agency (EDA).

Kathryn brings a diverse set of expertise in appropriations and legislative analysis, Federal funding research and proposal development. Prior to serving as a Director, Kathryn was a Research Analyst at McAllister & Quinn. In this role, Kathryn supported various practices by conducting prospecting research, proactively contacting Federal agencies to monitor and analyze Federal funding trends and providing proposal support for clients ranging from institutions of higher education, nonprofits, health care organizations, and municipalities. She also helped place nationally prominent researchers on Federal Advisory Committees within various Federal agencies.

Prior to McAllister & Quinn, Kathryn managed the advocacy agenda for a D.C. based non-profit organization and worked in the scholarship department for the American Foreign Service Association (AFSA). Kathryn earned her bachelor’s in politics and psychology from the Catholic University of America. She is a native of the Chicagoland area and resides in Washington, DC.


  • Scholarship Intern, American Foreign Service Association
  • Advocacy Intern, Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition (TASSC)


  • Federal and Foundation Funding
  • Research
  • Business Development
  • Federal Affairs


  • B.A., The Catholic University of America