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. Since then I’ve zeroed in on strategic grants development, most recently in the community college system, and secured grants from the National Science Foundation, the Department of Education, College Spark Foundation, and other regional funders.
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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