The BRDO Team
Dave is the Director of BRDO, where he coordinates a diverse team of research development experts. Drawing on over 20 years of experience with federal research agencies and over a dozen years with UC Berkeley, he also advises the Vice Chancellor for Research, deans, and faculty on federal funding opportunities and strategy. While at the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) from 2000 to 2007, he was responsible for budget development and related policy issues for NSF, NASA, OSTP, and research agencies across the government. In previous work at the RAND Corporation and the Aerospace Corporation, he performed engineering and policy research for several federal agencies, including NSF and the Departments of Defense, Commerce, and Transportation. He has a Ph.D. in Policy Analysis and degrees in Electrical Engineering and Systems Engineering.
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ERICA WHITNEY - Associate Director for Strategy and Training
Erica is BRDO’s Associate Director for Strategy and Training. Erica provides a wide range of strategic initiative and proposal development services, with expertise in facilitating team building and team science, project conceptualization, proposal organization, and editing. Erica also has significant experience providing training on proposal development, NIH and NSF policies and programs, and scientific writing. Erica has supported research development efforts at UC Berkeley since 2010, building on her research development positions at UC Davis and the UC Davis School of Medicine from 2004 to 2010. Her technical writing and editing experience extends back to 1998. She has a degree in History and Political Science from Wellesley College.
BARBARA USTANKO - RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIST
Barbara is a Research Development Specialist at BRDO, where she provides a range of development and support services for major institutional and strategic proposals. A board-certified Editor in the Life Sciences, she joined our research development team in 2014, bringing with her more than two decades of expertise in federal and foundation proposal development and scientific and technical editing. She holds a B.A. from Pomona College and masters’ degrees in English composition and discourse analysis from San Francisco State University. There, she also dedicated more than a decade to building NIH- and NSF-funded biomedical, behavioral, and environmental research infrastructure and to securing foundation funding for centers and institutes. She previously worked as senior proposal development staff for an interdisciplinary research team at UCSF/SFVAMC and served on the proposal review committee of a community education foundation.
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KATE SPOHR - RESEARCH OUTREACH SPECIALIST
Kate is a Research Outreach Specialist at BRDO. She provides a range of proposal support services, with a focus on helping principal investigators to strategize and develop plans that expand the Broader Impacts of their research. From 2006 to 2014, Kate served as Education Manager for the Synthetic Biology Engineering Research Center (Synberc), a multi-campus NSF Engineering Research Center headquartered at UC Berkeley. Since 2009, she has co-chaired the Coalition for Education and Outreach (CEO), a network of faculty, staff, and students who work in STEM education and public outreach at UC Berkeley and the community at large. Prior to coming to Berkeley, Kate worked in program management, development, and training in industry and the non-profit sector. She has an M.A. in film from Stanford University.
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VICTORIA STEFFES - RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIST
Victoria is a Research Development Specialist at BRDO, specializing in complex proposal development for the College of Engineering. She joined BRDO directly from finishing her Ph.D. at UC Santa Barbara in Biochemistry with an emphasis in Bioengineering, during which she was supported by an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (2015–2018). She received a B.A. in Biochemistry from Barnard College (Columbia University) and completed post-bac research at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. Victoria has diverse STEM editing, science communication, and grant proposal support experience. She worked with the Research Development Office at UC Santa Barbara during her PhD, specifically as part of the new faculty training program. She loves learning about the ‘why’ and ‘how’ of research projects, and about the impacts of research and technology on society. Victoria enjoys the challenge of using her communication skills to craft clear, strong proposals in support of the compelling research at UC Berkeley.
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JESSICA BOYDSTON - PROGRAM MANAGER, FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES AND LIMITED SUBMISSIONS
Jessica is a Program Manager at BRDO. She is the newest member of the research development team, joining the office in 2019. Her previous experience at Arizona State University consisted of research development, advanced administrative support, identifying funding opportunities, and coordinating faculty workshops to enhance proposal submissions. She has always had an interest in supporting others to solve problems, especially in high-stress situations. She enjoys the excitement campus has to offer and surrounding herself with opportunities that advance her education and professional capabilities. Jessica is presently dedicated to supporting faculty with funding opportunities and managing the Limited Submissions process.
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