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Ki So
Director, Grants, Contracts, and Administration


Ki So is The Hilltop Institute’s director of grants, contracts, and administration.  She directs Hilltop’s business office and is responsible for administering all grants and contracts; managing Hilltop’s budget; and overseeing human resources and accounts payable.

Ms. So comes to Hilltop with over 15 years of experience in grants administration. Most recently, Ms. So served in management and leadership positions encompassing finance, human resources, facilities, payroll, program and proposal development, and administrative operations at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Medicine and Bloomberg School of Public Health. Prior to her work at Johns Hopkins, she held senior positions with two of Maryland’s largest private foundations. As grants manager for the Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, Ms. So restructured the foundation’s business process and grantmaking database to streamline the pre-award to post-award grants cycle. Ms. So was with the Annie E. Casey Foundation for 10 years and served as the foundation’s first grants administrator/data analyst. She developed management/tracking reports, executed customizations and upgrades to the grantmaking database, established procedures to ensure data integrity and sound financial systems, and participated in the annual budget development process with the senior leadership team. Ms. So continued as a consultant to the foundation after her departure.

Ms. So earned a BA in Computer Information Systems from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland.