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Sean J. Finnegan, M.Mus.

Senior Administrative Assistant

Office of the Director

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Sean J. Finnegan


Sean Finnegan is the senior administrative assistant in the Office of the Director (OD) at NCATS, where he supervises the OD administrative support staff and manages various special projects. He joined the NCATS OD in 2013 as the executive assistant to the director, where he served as the chief point of contact. In that capacity, Finnegan oversaw the administration of the director’s correspondence, meeting and travel schedule, and speaking engagements.

In his previous roles at NIH, Finnegan served as the executive assistant to the associate director of science policy in the NIH Office of the Director (2011–2013) and as staff assistant to the director at the National Eye Institute (2009–2011). Before coming to NIH, he served as the business operations specialist for the West Virginia University Center for Neuroscience (2007–2009) and worked in scholarly publishing as an assistant editor for science (1995–1997) and as production editor for music (1997–2007) at Oxford University Press, New York.

Finnegan is a graduate of the University of North Texas College of Music, where he earned three degrees in performance and music theory and is a conservatory-trained classical guitarist.