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Tanya Exum-Coston

Tanya Exum-Coston

Grants and Contracts Administrator

With close to 20 years of experience at Duke, Tanya  manages pre/post-award grant responsibilities for a group of DuPRI affiliates, including investigators of the Center on Policy Health and Aging (CPHA), Economics, Sanford School of Public Policy, and Sociology. Her portfolio is primarily comprised of a diverse array of National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding. As a result of managing large multi-project grants, she has enjoyed supporting research and working with people from all over the United States and abroad, including Germany, Denmark, China, Russia, and Italy.

Tanya began her career at Duke as the Assistant to the Director of the Sanford Institute of Public Policy—now, the Sanford School of Public Policy. One year and a baby later, she began working for the Program on Population, Policy, and Aging (PPPA), what has now evolved into CPHA (part of DuPRI). Tanya’s job has evolved and her portfolio has grown as DuPRI and its centers have expanded.

Prior to working at Duke, Tanya taught elementary through middle school art in Harnett and Granville Counties. As a former art teacher and lover of all things creative, she is always ready for any arts or crafts project. After having children (and facilitating their multitude of activities), painting, and pottery were no longer convenient or time-friendly, Tanya revisited her interest in photography. Children grow and change so much each year; so her goal is to capture them and other family members as much as possible. Her family knows that if there is a special event, game or holiday she will certainly be snapping photos!


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