Meet the team

Meet the team that is continually circling the globe to find the emerging frontiers in bioscience, and stewarding our community of pioneering awardees at home. 

Kathy Richmond, Ph.D., M.B.A.

Executive Vice President, Director Frontiers Group and Office of Science and Technology | kathrynr@alleninstitute.org

Dr. Kathryn Richmond is an Executive Vice President at the Allen Institute, leading the Office of Science and Technology and The Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group. In this role, she leads initiatives across the Institute and oversees scientific strategy, government relations, and business development, and is co-Chair of the DE&I Council. With a focus on emerging bioscience and technology areas, she has dramatically grown the Frontiers Group portfolio, overseeing >$250M in award funding to date. Through identification of high-risk, high reward opportunities, the Allen Distinguished Investigator program was expanded, the Allen Discovery Center program was launched, and >$50M in strategic philanthropic partnerships were formed. Dr. Richmond frequently serves as a reviewer for federal agencies and partner organizations for multidisciplinary ‘frontier’ research programs, and as an invited panel member and speaker on topics ranging from science philanthropy to technology development.  She has served on advisory committees and convened the inaugural Bioscience and Philanthropy Summit, engaging thought pioneers, technologists, venture capital leaders and philanthropic funders from around the world.  Previously, she served as a member of the executive team and Director of Enabling Technologies at the DOE Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center. Prior to that, Dr. Richmond worked as a bench scientist, project lead and industry consultant, garnering two patents and multiple publications. Along with a doctorate in Cell and Molecular Biology and an M.B.A. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, she also attended Stanford University as an American Cancer Society fellow and was funded by DARPA for breakthrough research efforts.

Alexandra Basford, Ph.D.

Program Officer, Senior | alexandra.basford@alleninstitute.org

Alexandra Basford creates, implements and assesses the impact of scientific research programs as part of The Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group. She engages in continuous information gathering with thought leaders, organizational leaders and early career investigators worldwide to help identify directions that offer first in opportunities in areas of bioscience that could generate transformative or paradigm-shifting outcomes. Prior to joining the Frontiers Group in 2019, Alexandra spent a decade in scientific publishing in the U.S. and Asia, working as a journal editor, a publisher and a biomedical indexer. She possesses a bachelor’s degree in Biophysics from Scripps College and doctorate in Neuroscience from the University of Minnesota; broad familiarity with basic, clinical and translational research; and bench experience in physiology, molecular biology and imaging.

Jodi Lilley, Ph.D.

Program Officer | jodi.lilley@alleninstitute.org

Jodi Lilley manages the Allen Distinguished Investigator portfolio for The Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group. Prior to this, she was a program officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for Research and Development in the Agricultural Development team where she managed a series of grants that span from cross-cutting discovery to fostering a catalytic environment in the African R&D ecosystem.

Jodi received her Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Washington and B.S. degrees in both Ecology/Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Chemistry from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She has conducted a diverse range of plant science including the molecular genetics of plant development during seedling establishment, chemical ecology of invasive plant species, and bioassays for pesticide discovery. Jodi conducted post-doctoral research and worked as the International Development Coordinator at the John Innes Centre in Norwich, England.

She is a certified performance coach (Level 5 Coaching & Mentoring, Institute of Leadership and Management) who strives to create scientific impact through equitable partnership, productive assessment, learning, and analysis. Jodi has coached scientists and development professionals from around the globe and particularly loves holding space for those processing career development choices.