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We are pleased to announce that Rebecca Rosales, an accomplished nonprofit professional, has joined NCIRE as the new Executive Director. Rebecca has extensive experience in administration; finance; compliance; and research grants & contracts management in the healthcare and nonprofit sectors, having served most recently as Manager of Contracts & Grants at the Public Health Institute and as Associate Director of Research Administration at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland.

“NCIRE’s success in supporting innovative research that improves the health and wellness of Veterans is truly inspiring and I am honored to be in a position to help advance this mission,” said Rosales. “I look forward to working with the dedicated and prestigious community of physicians, researchers, and administrative professionals affiliated with NCIRE and with our partners at the San Francisco VA Health Care System and the University of California, San Francisco.”

Rosales received a Master of Business Administration from Saint Mary’s College of California’s Executive Program. She is a board member of the Sickle Cell Community Advisory Council, the immediate past President of the Western Section Society of Research Administrators, and recipient of Susan Charrier Award from the Society of Research Administrators. She is a Bay Area native and was born and raised in Oakland.

“Rebecca brings an impressive background in research administration to NCIRE,” said NCIRE Board Chair Raymond A. Swanson, M.D. “With her leadership, NCIRE is well-positioned to deepen its commitment to our researchers and research programs and ultimately to the Veteran community we serve.”

As Executive Director of NCIRE, Rosales will oversee a portfolio of approximately 440 projects and an annual budget of $38 million. NCIRE supports over 200 researchers who have joint faculty appointments at UCSF and SFVAMC. These scientists are distinguished for pioneering research and treatment in areas including but not limited to traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, neurological conditions, chronic pain, sleep disorders, tinnitus, and immunology. NCIRE was founded in 1988 and is a congressionally-established 501(c)3 public charity with the express purpose of supporting Veterans health research.





The Northern California Institute for Research and Education is a 501(c)3 nonprofit charity (tax ID #94-3084159). Visit NCIRE at or contact Karen Steeber at 415-750-6643 or

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