Director of Research Development, Office of Information Technology
Josephine is a public policy, communications, and research development professional with over twenty years of experience working in both the private and public sectors. In her research grants career, she has written and submitted hundreds of federal and foundation grants and maintained a funding success rate between 39-44%. Josephine’s grant experience includes running the Office of Research Development in the Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences that emphasizes the science of team science (SciTS), leading the research grants program at the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International, whose work protects mountain gorillas in Rwanda and Grauer’s gorillas in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and overseeing the research grant office at the Rhode Island School of Design, where she focused on the intersection in research between art and design, and science. Josephine has also served two terms as an elected alderperson in the fifth ward on Ithaca City Council and has demonstrated a commitment to public service throughout her life.
Earlier in her career, Josephine worked both nationally and internationally on issues as varied as the international exotic pet trade to reproductive rights for women. Trained and experienced in legislation and policy, she has been a hands-on champion and lobbyist on the front lines of these issues at the state and federal levels. Some of her past projects include relocating big cats from substandard facilities and working on the ground with displaced animals in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. She has conducted an undercover investigation into poor welfare practices for big cats in captivity, worked to prevent and to pass state laws on women’s reproductive rights, passed numerous state laws on captive animal issues, worked closely with federal agencies to change animal welfare practices, drafted federal legislation, and written numerous reports for federal and state legislators. Her media appearances include Animal Planet’s hit mini-series Fatal Attractions, as well as on The BBC World News, TheToday Show, Larry King Live, and 20/20.
Josephine holds a MSc in public policy from the Center for Animals and Public Policy at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University and she is pursuing a PhD in Natural Resources at Cornell University where her research focuses on how to empirically apply message framing in conservation contexts to influence decision making and public policy. She lives in Ithaca with her husband and three children, and is an avid runner.