About

Team

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

Director | kathrynr@alleninstitute.org

Kathy Richmond is engaged with overall research portfolio strategy, listening tours, and all grant programs at The Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group. In addition, she frequently serves as a reviewer with federal agencies and partner organizations for multidisciplinary ‘frontier’ research programs, and as an invited panel member on topics ranging from science philanthropy to technology development. Since joining the organization in 2012 as a Senior Program Officer for Science and Technology at the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, Richmond has grown the bioscience portfolio, expanded the Allen Distinguished Investigator program and led funding in emerging bioscience and technology areas.

Her position at the Frontiers Group follows her role as the Director of Enabling Technologies at the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, one of three Department of Energy funded biofuels Centers. In that position, she developed and oversaw a diverse portfolio of numerous technologies ranging from "omics" to plant transformation which supported the research needs of its 300 members. Prior to that, Richmond worked as a bench scientist, project lead and industry consultant, garnering two patents and multiple publications. Along with a Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Kathy also holds a M.B.A. and attended Stanford University as an American Cancer Society postdoctoral fellow.

Nicole Huber, Ph.D.

Senior Program Manager | nicoleh@alleninstitute.org

Nicole Huber supports the implementation and management of the portfolio of grants in The Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group, and conducts special projects. Nicole oversaw the design and installation of a unique patient care facility for ten major West Coast medical imaging clinics, easing the stress of cancer therapy for over 10,000 patients annually. Prior to joining the Frontiers Group, Nicole was a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Washington, where she also earned her Ph.D. in Biology, with a focus on in vivo muscle mechanics paired with x-ray diffraction. She received her B.S. in Biology from the University of California, Berkeley.

Casey Elkins

Administrative Project Coordinator

Casey Elkins provides administrative, event, and operational support for the Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group. Casey brings a strong operations background from the corporate, community, and non-profit sectors, both domestically and internationally. Prior to joining the Allen Institute, he worked for Vulcan Inc., where he oversaw shipping logistics for Vulcan’s various interests worldwide. He holds his M.Phil. in Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland and a B.A. in Religion from Colorado College.