Zachary (Zac) Hart, Ph.D.

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

Dr. Zac Hart serves as a Director of Grants and Federal Affairs for a variety of the firm’s higher education clients. Having been an active member of the firm’s network of grant writers for over six years, Dr. Hart brings a “writer’s eye” to his clients’ projects along with experience across a range of agencies, especially NSF and the DoED. Zac’s work as a consultant to the firm resulted in over $25 million in funding secured.

Before joining McAllister and Quinn in a full-time capacity, Dr. Hart worked in academia and also spent twelve years with the federal government’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) as a program officer, grant coordinator, and project design/evaluation trainer. He also spent two years working for a national nonprofit organization called the Trust for Public Land, where he developed grant proposals and managed conservation projects. Zac holds a Ph.D. in environmental health sciences and has a strong background in the sciences and science communication.

Member, Grant Professionals Association (GPA)

Altman, K., Yelton, B., Hart, Z., Carson, M., Schandera L., Kelsey, R.H., Porter, D.E., & Friedman, D.B. (2020). “You gotta choose your words carefully”: Environmental health scientists’ perceptions and information needs about research translation. Journal of Health Communication, 25(5), 454-462 (DOI: 10.1080/10810730.2020.1785060).


  • Independent grant consultant
  • Research Assistant Professor, the University of South Carolina
  • Program Officer and Trainer, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • Project Associate, the Trust for Public Land


  • Grant proposal writing
  • Project design and evaluation
  • Scientific communication
  • Project management
  • Environmental and public health


B.S., Winthrop University

M.S., the College of Charleston

Ph.D., the University of South Carolina