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  1. James Casey, Director of Office of Sponsored Programs

    Sponsored Programs

    As Director of the Office of Sponsored Programs, James is responsible for the direction and management of all pre-award and non-financial post award grant and contract administration operations at American University. He provides leadership in develo… More

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    (202) 885-3457


  1. Ashley Alexander, Pre-Award Grant & Contract Manager

    Sponsored Programs

    Ashley J. Alexander joined OSP in July 2015 as a Grant and Contract Manager. With over six years of experience, Ashley works with faculty and staff in the School of Public Affairs (SPA), Kogod School of Business (KSB), School of Professional and Exte… More

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    (202) 885-3449

  2. Akidah Felder, Operations and Communications Manager

    Sponsored Programs

    As the Operations & Communications Manager for OSP, Ms. Felder is responsible for managing the department's operations and communications functions. These include developing operations processes and designing marketing collateral and online learning … More

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  3. Joseph Gesa, Electronic Research Administrator

    Sponsored Programs

    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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    (202) 885-3977

  4. Perrinne Kelley, Grant and Contract Manager

    Sponsored Programs

    Perrinne Kelley joined the Office of Sponsored Projects in February 2015. Prior to arriving at American University she worked a Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio as a Senior Grants and Contract Specialist. She has intensive knowledge in federal awa… More

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    (202) 885-3980

  5. Irina Komives, Senior Grant & Contract Manager

    Sponsored Programs

    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

  6. Stephen Petix, Grant and Contract Manager

    Sponsored Programs

    Stephen Petix joined OSP in September 2015 as a Grant and Contact Manager focusing on post award functions. Before joining AU’s OSP, Stephen worked over ten years in sponsored research positions in both pre and post award capacities. He spent eight y… More

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