Who’s who in OSP?

OSP reports to Heidi Allen, PhD, Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Research. We are located on the 6th floor and are comprised of the following staff:

Katherine Rochmat, Director
Katherine Rochmat has worked at Columbia since the fall of 2000 in various positions in centers, departments and central administration at both CUMC and Morningside. She has experience in all aspects of sponsored projects management as well as in other administrative and financial procedures at the university. She is interested in understanding process and information flow and she enjoys working with faculty.

Brea Pichon, Grants Manager
212-851-2349, bb2822@columbia.edu
Brea (like the cheese!) has worked at Columbia since 2016 in progressing financial capacities via its Institutes and Centers. She is happy to boomerang back to Social Work with expanded institutional knowledge and ready familiarity with the community.

Samanta Padalino, Grants Manager
212-854-9803, sp4269@columbia.edu
Before joining Columbia University in 2023, Samanta Padalino was a Research Program Administrator and Research Journalist at Drexel University. She greatly enjoys working with faculty and is devoted to lifelong learning. Higher education is an exciting change in career path for Samanta, who worked for the British Government as an economist and public policy professional for two decades, advising Ministers on pension protection, local economic growth, housing, and the economic regulation of energy, water and postal service sectors.

Andrew Ochoa, Grants Manager
212-854-9191, ajo2155@columbia.edu
Andrew Ochoa joined Columbia University as a Grants Manager in July of 2023. Originally from New Jersey and an alumnus of George Washington University, he is passionate about supporting and advocating for vulnerable communities across the globe. Andrew arrives to CSSW’s Office of Sponsored Projects with diverse experience working across the NGO and public sectors managing international humanitarian grants and nonprofit community-based programs.

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