I have worked in a number of areas of fundraising, including grant writing and proposal development, foundation relations, community and corporate sponsorship, and donor and database management.

Between 2014 and 2017, I worked in the nonprofit fundraising world in Nevada County. At Child Advocates, I discovered my inner data geek, managing the donor database as well as masterminding the conversion from GiftWorks to Bloomerang. From there I moved into fundraising and communications for Sierra Streams Institute, an innovative citizen-science-driven nonprofit dedicated to watershed restoration, education and research in the Sierra Nevada foothills.

Before that, as associate director of the Davis Humanities Institute and the UC Humanities Research Institute, I managed all aspects of the Institutes’ funding opportunities as well as consulting one-on-one with faculty and graduate students on individual proposals for external funding, and was a primary contributor to several major collaborative research grants, including a Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar and a Luce Foundation Initiative on Religion in International Affairs grant.

As project director for the start-up fundraiser Kids Walk for Homeless Kids in Chicago, I also cultivated individual donor support, media and corporate event sponsorship, and partnerships with community leaders and advocacy organizations.

I also have a successful track record in winning grant support for my own research, including major funding from the American Historical Association and the Mellon Foundation as well as two travel grants from the American Heritage Center at the University of Wyoming-Laramie.