Staff Profile: Sean J. Finnegan

Sean J. Finnegan, M.M.
Sean J. Finnegan, M.M.

Executive Assistant to the Director

Office of the Director

National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences

National Institutes of Health

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Sean Finnegan joined NCATS as the executive assistant to the director in January 2013. He is the chief point of contact for the NCATS Office of the Director and oversees the administration of the director’s correspondence, meeting and travel schedule, and speaking engagements. In addition, he is assigned to a broad range of special projects for NCATS and NIH.

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 to 2013) and as staff assistant to the director at the National Eye Institute (2009 to 2011). Before coming to NIH, he directed administration for the West Virginia University Center for Neuroscience (2007 to 2009) and worked in scholarly publishing as an assistant editor for science (1995 to 1997) and as production editor for music (1997 to 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 a conservatory-trained classical guitarist.