Government Relations, Research Development, Strategic Partnerships, and Events

The Office of Government Relations, Research Development, Strategic Partnerships, and Events provides leadership and a broad range of services to UC San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography.  Through a variety of programs and activities, the office facilitates extramural funding at the federal, state and local levels, promotes strategic collaboration with external partners, and engages key external stakeholders in support of Scripps programs and goals.

Program areas include research development, planning, positioning, and partnerships; government, corporate, and international relations; institutional events and venue management; and executive office analytical support.

The office focuses on the following objectives:

  • Identify and secure opportunities and funding to advance Scripps priorities and research programs.
  • Develop and execute programs and activities to inform key partners and stakeholders, including research funding sponsors and government at all levels about Scripps priorities and projects.
  • Raise awareness of Scripps with local, national and international partners and funders and develop new strategic partnerships to advance priorities.
  • Create and maintain relationships with industry partners and promote innovation and technology commercialization initiatives. 
  • Develop and execute annual plan of institutional events to increase communication and collaboration within Scripps.
  • Engage a variety of institutional research development, institutional positioning, and strategic planning efforts.

 

Kathleen Ritzman, Assistant Director, Marine Sciences

858-534-4849                      kritzman@ucsd.edu

Director’s Office                    Room 100                              MC 0210

 

Corporate Affiliates, Business Development, Industry Outreach, and Innovation

Gwen Nero, Director                      858-822-4121          gnero@ucsd.edu      

Vaughan Hall                                     Room 111                  MC 0210

Corporate relations

  • Liaison to corporate representatives 
  • Communications and outreach
  • Scripps Corporate Alliance
  • Facilitate research, facilities, and talent recruitment opportunities

Business Development

  • Facilitate commercialization opportunities
  • Represent Scripps at campus-wide innovation forums
  • Represent Scripps at external industry forums
  • Innovation and startup programs and advising
  • Innovation communications

 

Government Relations and Research Development

Chris Castillo, Analyst                   858-822-3370          cdcastillo@ucsd.edu            

Director’s Office                                Room 7A                     MC 0210

  • Federal Government Relations,
  • Research Development
  • Strategic Partnerships

Kristin Methlagl, Analyst               858-822-4043                      kmethlagl@ucsd.edu           

Director’s Office                                Room 2                                   MC 0210

International Relations

  • Institutional strategy development
  • Visits
  • Exchange & joint research opportunities

State and Local Government Relations

Office Integration

 

Matthew Calabrese, Special Assistant    858-822-0050          mrcalabrese@ucsd.edu

Scripps Administration Building                 Room 108b                MC 0210

Federal Government Relations

  • Appropriations
  • Legislative Research
  • Issue Analysis
  • Visits & Events

Stakeholder Engagement

 

Chelsea McGimpsey, Special Assistant   858-534-9461          cmcgimpsey@ucsd.edu

Director’s Office                                            Room 2

  • State Government Relations
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Visits and Events

 

Institutional Events and Venue Rentals

Donna Shabkie, Director               858-822-2110                      dshabkie@ucsd.edu

Scripps Administration Building     Room 102                              MC 0210

Leadership for Events Team

  • Financial Management
  • Organize Scripps institutional events
  • Oversee venue rental and conference services program
  • Represent VCMS in events planned by other institutional departments
  • Independently manage operations for all Scripps food service providers

 

Matthew Anderson, Events Manager       858-822-2110           m1anderson@ucsd.edu     

Old Scripps Building,                                                Room 19                     MC 0210

Events Management for Internal and External Clients

  • Scripps Seaside Forum, Martin Johnson House and Sumner Auditorium Reservations
  • Facilities Management
  • Service/Repair Requests
  • Scripps Venues Tours for Internal and External Clients
  • Rental Fee Collection

 

Bibiana Kurta, Events Manager                858-534-1848          bibiana@ucsd.edu   

Old Scripps Building                                                 Room 18                     MC 0210

Events Management for Internal and External Clients

  • Scripps Seaside Forum, Martin Johnson House and Sumner Auditorium Reservations
  • Scripps Venues Tours for Internal and External Clients

 

Events Manager

Kimberly McGoldrick, Events Manager 858-534-1814          kmcgoldrick@ucsd.edu       

Old Scripps Building                                                 Room 18                     MC 0210

Events Management for Internal and External Clients

  • Scripps Seaside Forum, Martin Johnson House and Sumner Auditorium Reservations
  • Scripps Venues Tours for Internal and External Clients
  • Rental Fee Collection

Romalyn Apostol, Event Assistant          858-534-5604          rapostol@ucsd.edu   

Old Scripps Building                                                 Room 19                     MC 0210

Oversee Event Set-Up

  • Participate in Room Set-Up and Tear-Down

Tour and Walkthrough Scheduling

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