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Who Is Your SRAI Leadership: Meet the Northeast Section Secretary

By SRAI News posted 02-13-2020 09:38 AM


Who Is Your SRAI Leadership: Meet the Northeast Section Secretary

In each monthly issue of the Catalyst, the “Who is your SRA Leadership?” column introduces you to the SRAI leadership, committee members and volunteers. This virtual platform serves as a good starting base for meeting the members of the SRAI community. This is a great opportunity to get to know each other and we at the Catalyst want to hear from you! Share your story! Contact us to be featured in a future column, or nominate a co-worker or colleague to share their story.

In this issue, we introduce you to a member of the executive committee of the Northeast Section, Marchon Jackson. 

Marchon JacksonMarchon Jackson, Northeast Section Secretary

What is your title and organization?

Director of Sponsored Programs Accounting and Compliance


SRAI is a great organization that provides training and development opportunities for those interested in the field of research administration.  The organization has been a valued part of my educational and professional development and has played a key role in the advancement of my career over the years.  I think it also has broadened my understanding of what research administration is and how valuable it is to have such a great network to rely upon.

What does volunteering for SRAI mean to you?

Volunteering is a way to give back to the organization and help others advance in their careers.  It also is a way for me to show others who may not think they can be a part of the organization that it is possible and there are ways in which they can serve.

What is the thing that you do in your Secret Life as a Research Administrator?

Work, meetings, work, and more meetings! I spend a lot of time collaborating and learning from so many smart and experienced staff and faculty.

What makes you smile?

Comedy! And people with a sense of humor.

How do you find life-work balance?

Making sure I spend time with my family and taking time for myself each day.  I think it’s important to recharge the part of ourselves that is not consumed with working.    

What's your life philosophy?

Stay in the present.  And remember the most important thing, is that the most important thing is the most important thing.