Qualifications

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SUMMARY

  • Entrepreneur and innovator with creative vision and ability to find strategic solutions to recurring challenges
  • Nonprofit expert with more than 18 years’ experience in grant writing, organizational development, strategic planning, program design and evaluation
  • Skilled communicator who can quickly identify the unique value of an organization and convey that to funders in a language they understand
  • Passionate and persuasive advocate with ability to engage supporters and inspire action

SKILLS & ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Nonprofit Development & Leadership

  • Raised more than $11 million in funding to support nonprofits, including $3.8 million from a dozen different USDA grant programs
  • Established and operated a successful solo consulting practice for 9 years focused on nonprofit development, with more than two dozen national clients
  • Wrote grants and reports on behalf of diverse nonprofits to all types of institutional funders, including private foundations, corporate donors, and local and national government
  • Facilitated a nonprofit merger of two client organizations in collaboration with both boards of directors, leadership teams and specialists
  • Assisted organizations with identifying strategic goals and creating concrete plans to reach them, using a holistic strategic planning approach I developed
  • Filled interim leadership roles with nonprofit organizations, managing teams and budgets
  • Acted as a public liaison to stakeholders at fundraising events, collaborator meetings and other gatherings to build support and engagement
  • Increased visibility of organizations using diverse media outlets and communication materials
  • Built strong coalitions across sectors to leverage limited funds and achieve shared goals
  • Recruited, trained and supervised staff and volunteers in multiple disciplines

Program Design & Evaluation

  • Crafted 54 federal proposals containing original program designs which met funder requirements while articulating each organization’s unique goals and vision
  • Developed innovative approaches to address community issues, using best practices, cutting-edge research and strategic collaborations
  • Managed complex, multi-year grant projects with remote teams
  • Provided expert guidance nationally on applying for federal grants, including leading in-person workshops, webinars, and developing original resources
  • Created and implemented evaluation plans and tools to assess program impact
  • Completed annual evaluation and reporting on grants and guided teams through program review process

RECENT WORK

  • Strategic Development + Program Design ConsultantSelf-employed (August 2011 – Present). Established my own solo consulting practice and managed all aspects of the business myself. Worked with more than two dozen clients throughout the country to design innovative programs, establish new partnerships, pursue diverse funding streams, and evaluate success. Focused on food systems work with a variety of sub-specialties, including farm animal welfare, new farmer training, regenerative farming practices, food access, food justice, climate change mitigation, nutrition and public health. Became the leading national expert on USDA grant funding. Maintained long-term clients with recurring requests for support.
  • Interim Executive DirectorMinnesota Food Association (November 2013 – May 2014). Managed financial and human resources during a leadership transition. Oversaw all program development and evaluation, supervised staff, conducted marketing for CSA program, held events for farmers and funders, and worked collaboratively with the board of directors.
  • Program DirectorOrganic Field School at Gardens of Eagan, (March 2012 – April 2014). Led all fundraising, program development, education and outreach efforts for this farm-based nonprofit. Provided supervision and support to incubator farmers.

PREVIOUS POSITIONS

  • Development Officer, Institutional Giving – Children’s Home Society (2008 – 2011)
  • Director of Development – Minnesota Dance Theatre & the Dance Institute (2007 – 2008)
  • Development Officer, Corporate & Foundation Donors – Tubman (2006 – 2007)
  • Volunteer Coordinator/Grant Writer – Council on Crime and Justice (2002 – 2006)

EDUCATION

  • University of St. Thomas – Certificate in Fund Development (2008)
  • University of Minnesota – B.A. Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies; Minor Sociology (2002)

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