Associate Director, Grants and Finance
Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
Christina Rodriguez, Associate Director, Grants and Finance, has over 12 years of research administration experience in both academic and industry environments, and she has helped submit hundreds of grant proposals to federal, private, and industry funders. She has worked in central research offices and at the departmental/center level and, as such, has a unique and thorough understanding of the life cycle of a sponsored project within the University environment.
As HPDP’s Business Manager, she is responsible for all pre-award activities, including finding funding opportunities and supporting investigators throughout the proposal development and submission process. She is the Center’s liaison with the Office of Sponsored Research (OSR) and the Research Administration Support Center (RASC) and works with project teams throughout the life of the project to ensure timely submission of prior approval requests, progress reports, and final reports. Christina is also responsible for managing the Center’s operating budget, providing center-wide reporting to the University and sponsors, and for approving spending on non-sponsored sources. She manages the business processes of the Center and oversees HPDP’s Development Committee.
Christina was raised in the south by Puerto Rican parents (an interesting intersection of culture to be sure!) and is a first generation college graduate of the University of Georgia. She is a certified yoga instructor, former social worker, and enjoys working within her local community offering mindfulness practices as well as spending time with her family.