Stephanie Tofighi has a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from the University of Nebraska and a Master of Science in Public Policy with emphases in science & technology policy, public management, and policy analytics from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She has worked in research development for ten years. For five years she was a Research Operations Program Manager for two research centers in the College of Computing at Georgia Tech and for the past five years she has been a Faculty Research Support Officer in the UNM main campus’ central Faculty Research Development Office. In that role, she worked with faculty across campus to develop competitive grant proposals for external funding, managed the FRDO website, evaluated the effectiveness of the FRDO network, and led an NSF CAREER cohort for assistant professors interested in submitting proposals to that annual competition. Prior to her career in higher education, Stephanie was a 2nd grade teacher in Gilbert, Arizona and an undergraduate research assistant in an evolutionary biology lab at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. She enjoys reading, traveling, and spending quality time with her husband and two boys.