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.
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