Lisa Nanstad joins the IFR Team as Director of Foundation Relations. She comes to us from the BioFrontiers Institute where she has served as Director of Interdisciplinary Research since 2016. She held previous positions at Stanford University, Washington University in St. Louis, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, with a focus on interdisciplinary biomedical research development. She earned a bachelor of arts in political science and English from Guilford College and went on to graduate school at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville to study library and information science. She is an active member of the National Organization for Research Development Professionals (NORDP), currently serving as co-representative for the mid-west/mountain region. In her free time, Lisa enjoys reading, writing fiction, cooking, running and spending time with her family.