Stacey Fakinlede has served as a program specialist in NCATS’ Office of Grants Management and Scientific Review (OGMSR) since October 2014, where she is responsible for the logistical coordination of NCATS Advisory Council and Cures Acceleration Network Review Board meetings. She also helps coordinate travel for NCATS scientific conferences and workshops.
Before joining NCATS, Fakinlede worked at the Center for Scientific Review as a contractor grants technical assistant in 2000 and became a permanent NIH federal employee in 2001. In 2004, she transferred to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) as a lead extramural support assistant (ESA) for the Division of Extramural Support Activities, where she was in charge of managing the workload of 10 to 12 employees across all three business areas, balancing tasks efficiently among her staff. In 2012, Fakinlede was promoted to program specialist at NIDCR. In this role, she reviewed travel arrangements for all extramural travelers, coordinated advisory council meeting activities, worked as the lead ESA for a team of scientific review officers, and served as the point of contact and facilitator for the NIDCR consultation booth at the American Association for Dental Research annual meetings.
Fakinlede graduated in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Howard University. To further pursue her interest in forensic techniques, she went on to earn an associate degree, with honors, in criminal justice from Gibbs College in Virginia.
Fakinlede is interested in solving complex issues that arise and enjoys being a part of a project, watching it mature from the beginning stages to implementation. She consistently engages in optimization activities and is dedicated to fully supporting the NCATS OGMSR staff in the fulfillment of the Center’s mission.