Get to know Krystina Gross

July 29, 2022

In May 2022, Finance welcomed Krystina Gross as the new Associate Controller for Sponsored Projects Financial Administration (SPFA). Before joining Yale, Krystina spent over 21 years working at Washington University—the majority of that time in post award grant management, and most recently as part of the Workday implementation team for grants and then directing the Workday support team.

In her new role, Krystina and her SPFA team work closely with the Office of Sponsored Projects (pre-award office), department business offices/business support units, sponsors, Shared Services, General Accounting, Financial Reporting, as well as other units within Finance. SPFA is responsible for the post-award functions for research at the university, including award setup in Workday, financial reporting, cash management, accounts receivable, grant compliance, training the community on topics related to financial grant management, providing excellent customer service to our faculty and department business offices who support grants, responding to audits, and performing QA analysis of grant transactions. 

Q. What do you love most about your team?

A. SPFA is a very diverse team with members who have been with us for less than one year all the way to 25 years. Being very new to the team, I am already learning that this is an extremely dedicated team, committed to advancing the research mission of the university. SPFA provides mission critical support to the university by ensuring a high level of compliance and accountability in managing sponsor funding for research. I am very proud of the work SPFA has done to successfully pilot an Award Set Up team and work through a large backlog of closeouts this past year.

Q. What projects are you looking forward to in the coming year?

A. I am very excited to continue work on streamlining the award set up process, enhancing internal controls, and exploring ways to improve the Workday experience for grants management. 

Q. What fun and memorable team bonding moments have you had?

The team had a luncheon planned which happened to be on my very first day in the office at Yale.  It was coincidentally my birthday, and the team went above and beyond to make me feel welcomed and celebrated. It was a wonderful way to get to know people and see how well they all got along, and it is a true testament to how wonderful this team is. 

Q. Fun Facts?

A. During COVID, I became certified to teach Yoga and have been taking classes around New Haven, trying to find my Yoga home here.