Tijuanna DeCoster came to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) as the Chief Grants Management Officer in April 2007. In this capacity, she is responsible for supervising and directing the Grants Management Branch. She monitors and evaluates the overall grants process to ensure all required business management actions are performed by the grantee and the government in a timely manner, both prior to and after the award. She provides advice, guidance, and technical assistance as required on issues related to work assignments, and general goals of the GMB, DER and NINDS.
Prior to coming to the NINDS, she worked as a Policy Advisor for the U.S. Department of Justice. She was instrumental in developing and establishing the Missing Adult Program during Hurricane Katrina. She also worked as a Budget Analyst with the U.S. Department of Commerce and was a Senior Consultant in Grants with KPMG/Bearing Point Consulting, Inc. She began her grants career with the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) in 1989 and rose to the position of a Senior Grants Management Specialist before moving to KPMG/Bearing Point.
She received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of South Carolina, Master’s Degree from the University of Maryland System and a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration.