Julia Niessen joined the NCEAS team as the Business Officer in November 2013. She joined the team at a pivotal time and has been instrumental in transitioning the organization over to be an independent research and grants unit at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is responsible for all the financial, facilities, and administrative functions of the Center. With her previous experience, she brings a depth of UC knowledge in finance, contracts and grants, and UC policy to NCEAS.
Prior to joining NCEAS, Julia was a financial analyst for twelve years with the world renowned Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics at UCSB. Her network of contacts and insights into the operations of another highly successful Center at UCSB have been invaluable. Previously she spent 13 years in the automotive industry with the local Ford dealership as the assistant office manager.