Emily Usher Shrair- Mid Level
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Emma has been working in the development world since March 2011. Her current day job is with a multi-clinic institute that provides holistic care to people living with HIV/AIDS, the formerly incarcerated, and other at-risk communities in need of affordable, comprehensive care. She also has extensive experience with health IT. She is additionally the sexual health columnist for Bustle.com. In her academic and activist lives, she is committed to the fight for equality and justice within the female-bodied and queer communities. She received her B.A., summa cum laude, from the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University. Her academic background spans an interdisciplinary range of sex and gender studies, queer theory, psychoanalysis, and philosophy. For the past eight years, she has volunteered her personal time to help those in her greater community, first in the Bay Area and now in New York City. She is trained as a risk reduction HIV hotline peer counselor and has developed programming for queer runaway youth. She is excited to be a part of the Girl Got Grants family and to apply her grant writing skills to the female-bodied and queer communities.
Areas of focus: HIV/AIDS, health IT, National Institutes of Health SBIR/STTR, LGBTIQQ, sexual education, sexual health, reproductive rights/health, youth programming, public health, language barriers, education
Emily is a bilingual (English/Spanish) development and communications professional specializing in federal, corporate and foundation grant writing, donor relations, and program development for local and international women-focused non-profits/NGOs. For the past six years, Emily has worked throughout Latin America, the United States and Europe securing stakeholder investment for mission driven organizations through persuasive, compelling prose and strategic relationship-building. She her received her B.A. cum laude from Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts in 2008 and graduated with a dual degree in International Relations and Gender Studies. In 2014, Emily received her MA in Gender and Development with distinction from the Institute of Development Studies, at the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom, after attending on a Fulbright Scholarship. A skilled writer, articulate speaker, and highly creative thinker, Emily has demonstrated expertise in cross-cultural collaboration and communication and extensive knowledge of global and domestic women's empowerment issues.
Areas of focus: International organizations, social entrepreneurship/enterprise, urban poverty, women's empowerment, economic development, skills training, early childhood education, Federal Grants, HIV/AIDS, reproductive rights/health, social movements, social protection.
Carrie B. Peña, MBA, is a seasoned grant writing professional with nine years of experience in non-profit management, program design, project management, and policy research. Her expertise spans a variety of sectors including education, health care, fiscal management, and information technology.Carrie has served as a policy advisor (budget and economic development) for the Office of the Governor of Louisiana and for the Louisiana Department of Revenue (national and state tax policy). Prior to her work in state government, she served as Chief Operating Officer for a large non-profit education reform organization, where she was instrumental in fundraising and starting up a new entrepreneurship-based principal certification program. She served as an Assistant Director of Grants & Contracts at Louisiana State University, during which time she garnered $20 million in external funds. Prior to that, she acted as the first Executive Director of a community non-profit in Brownsville, Texas, where she was the chief fundraiser and architect of the organization's first strategic plan and website. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from The University of Texas at Austin, and an MBA from the University of Texas at Brownsville.
Areas of focus: poverty, economic development, entrepreneurship, federal grants, rural issues, education reform, teacher quality, health care quality, grant seeking
Carrie B. Peña- Senior Level
Diana is a writer and researcher who has worked as a communications professional for various national publications since 2003. Her development experience includes foundation and corporate grant writing, prospect research, donor relations, and developing fundraising plans and strategies for a variety of nonprofits/NGOs, such as the International Rescue Committee. She is committed to promoting social justice and progressive social change, and writes about global and domestic human rights issues at The Activist Writer, a blog she founded in 2010. She received her M.A. in Journalism & Mass Communications from the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences at New York University in 2000. Diana is currently the grant writer for an international NGO assisting rural women in Nepal gain economic empowerment through leadership training and education. An enthusiastic researcher and writer, Diana is passionate about telling women’s stories and partnering with organizations to connect them to the resources they need to fulfill their mission.
Areas of focus: International organizations, women's empowerment, human rights, economic development, food poverty and hunger relief, immigrant and refugee rights, press freedom
Diana Estigarribia- Senior Level
Olga is certified by Grant Writing USA and has proven success in securing grants for hospitals. In addition to her excellent writing skills, Olga has experience as a physician, lecturer, web researcher and loan signing agent. She obtained medical degree from Medical University in Pleven, Bulgaria and Masters in Public Health from Kaplan University. Olga has an in-depth knowledge of current public health educational principles and practices and extensive experience in healthcare environment. She is fluent in several languages including English, Russian and Bulgarian.
Areas of focus: primary medical care, healthcare management, public health, healthy living, disease prevention, improving health and health care for vulnerable populations, substance use disorders, obesity, research in healthcare, electronic health records, healthcare in Europe, social media
Olga Pudovka Gross - Junior Level