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Jenn Brandon

About Jenn

My formative professional experience began twenty years ago at a small but mighty non-profit when our founder left and the board of directors needed someone to step in. In the company of great peers and mentors I led the organization through fifteen years of change and growth, raising millions of dollars in grants and product donations, and connecting high-tech talent to improve the daily lives of people experiencing homelessness. I’ve also worked in the community college system, where I secured grants from the National Science Foundation, the Department of Education, College Spark Foundation, and other regional funders. Since coming to Ostara, I’ve supported a broad range of nonprofit organizations including Sound Discipline, Living Well Kent, Somali Bantu Community Services, and Vine Maple Place.

Great grants development calls for a balance of creativity and pragmatism. My expertise lies in extracting the best thinking from people who are implementing programs and linking their stories, evidence, and expertise into a compelling proposal. I love the challenge of organizing a group’s intelligence and crafting a plan that positions them for success when the money arrives.

Fun facts about Jenn:

  • I grew up in a converted one-room schoolhouse in New England, complete with the original blackboards and hitching posts.
  • As one of the winners of a corporate non-profit collaboration award I was invited to ring the bell for the New York Stock Exchange.
  • I spent a summer touring an avant-garde folk opera in Europe that inspired me to take up accordion after years of studying classical voice.

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