Kris Rhodes

Contact Details


Ms. Rhodes is the Managing Director at About The Money | ATM-Grants serving as the Practice lead and  a subject matter expert with experience in providing grant management compliance, internal control, and ethics training across the US. 


Ms. Rhodes has more than 25 years experience working in grant management.  She is responsible for the Practice’s grant management and risk mitigation services, business reengineering, and organizational change initiatives. 


Ms. Rhodes is also responsible for the Practice’s educational initiatives, which includes live and online training and our learning management solutions. Ms. Rhodes brings direct experience developing policies, procedures, and internal controls for grant management. She has direct experience leading grant management operations at universities and nonprofits, building teams and supervising staff, and with implementation of systems and processes to improve operational efficiency, compliance, and service orientation. Her expertise includes: expanding sponsored program portfolios, operational improvement initiatives; facilitating culture change, and the establishment of policies, procedures, and quality assurance controls. Client engagements focus on organizational compliance with regulatory requirements, process logic, service orientation, and staffing effectiveness and adequacy. Ms. Rhodes’ client-centric approach supports the integration of disparate systems and processes, yielding functional models for resolving operational challenges and resource utilization inefficiencies.  


In supporting the Practice’s grant management and compliance services, 

Ms. Rhodes brings expertise in compliance with federal regulations (2 CFR 200, OMB Circulars A-21, A-122, A-110, A-133), agency regulations (NIH, ED, NSF, EDGAR, and others).  Services include pre- and post-award operations improvement, policy development assistance, compliance risk assessments, and audit response assistance. 

Client Engagements include:

  • Multi-file financial compliance review, May 2018 - January 2019
  • State-wide online ethics training, November 2014 - June 2018
  • University Organizational Model Review, Policies and Procedures, Compliance with Federal requirements, November 2017 – May 2018
  • Research Institute Business Process Review & Improvement, February 2017-May 2017
  • University Uniform Guidance Diagnostic, February 2017 – June 2019
  • Hospital Federal Funding Infrastructure and Policy Assistance, April 2016-present
  • University Strategic Planning and Writing for Federal Funding, May 2016 
  • US Dept. of Education Title III Online Training Modules
  • University Uniform Guidance Diagnostic, February 2016 – June 2016
  • University Policy and Procedure Writing, January 2016-2017
  • University Grants and Record Retention, 2016
  • University Procurement Policy Revision, July 2015-February 2016
  • University Direct and Indirect Charging Policy, December 2015
  • University Proposal Writing Training, November 2015
  • University Uniform Guidance Diagnostic and Policy Writing Assistance 2015-2016
  • University Policy and Procedure Development, September 2014-February 2015
  • University Award Management Training, August 2014
  • University Faculty and Grants Accounting Award Management Training, August 2014
  • University Direct and Indirect Cost Policy Development, July 2014
  • University USAID Award Compliance Training, July 2014
  • University Cost Sharing Compliance and Management, March 2014
  • University Operational Compliance Review and Improvement, November 2013-March 2014
  • University license RA Basic – Fundamentals of Sponsored Project Administration Online Training Course, March 2013-2021
  • University New office startup, July 2013-October 2013
  • University Federal regulatory compliance review for workload and compensation practices, June 2013-October 2013.
  • F&A and Grants Management Operational-Compliance Review, June 2012-August 2012
  • Research Institute Operational Restructuring and Transition Staffing and
  • Oracle Effort Module Implementation, June 2010-May 2011
  • University Effort Reporting Compliance Analysis, September 2010-October 2010
  • University Financial Grant Management Process Improvement, April 2009-October 2009

Honors & Awards

Distinguished Faculty
Society of Research Administrators International (SRAI)
2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2021

Hartford-Nicholson Award
Society of Research Administrators International (SRAI)