Senior Grants Officer

Melanie R. Negrin

Melanie R. Negrin is a seasoned nonprofit marketing and advancement consultant with broad experience in education (Pre-K through higher education), child welfare, youth and family services, United States and global health care (physical and behavioral), libraries and historical societies, arts and culture, public and professional services, social prosperity and justice, and diverse populations, including Latinx communities, veterans, the previously incarcerated, and domestic and sexual abuse survivors. She has contributed to new and expanded program development in Central America, the Caribbean, the United States, and the U.K. through network and coalition building, prospect identification and cultivation, strategic planning and proposal development, donor stewardship, and leadership development.  

Melanie is a natural bridge-builder, facilitating collaborations that create collective impact both in the real world and online. She is adept at analyzing the strengths and weaknesses of an organization’s marketing and development strategy and adapting it to match the current stakeholder environment. She has successfully developed mission-aligned proposals for large private funders, including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), as well as for government funding, including Community Development Block Grants (CDBGs), state-level discretionary grants, and federal grants from agencies such as the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). 

Melanie holds a Master in Business Administration (MBA) degree in Marketing and International Business from Seton Hall University and a B.A. in Communications and Psychology from The College of New Jersey. She is the founder of the online professional development and networking group For GrantWriters Only, an adjunct professor of nonprofit marketing and advancement at Indiana Wesleyan University, a guest speaker at both Rutgers University and the County College of Morris, and a longtime trainer within the Grant Professionals Association (GPA).