Coached By MLo

Your Coach

Philanthropy is who I am, not just what I do.

Raised with an altruistic mindset, I grew up benefiting from many different organizations. Whether they would lead me to join my first ever Girl Scout troupe, take me on a leadership expedition through Philadelphia, or – as a bare fundamental – ensure I was able to open a present under the Christmas Tree, that was all me! I grew to be able to reach beyond my comfort zone, realize there were so many possibilities for me to succeed, and gain self-confidence and self-sufficiency needed to step out into a world unknown.

Had my journey not started there, I would not be where I am today: A recipient of a Bachelor of Fine Arts Acting Degree from Ithaca College and Master of Science Degree in Fundraising Management from Columbia University.

Before I began providing grant writing and overall coaching services, I spent 8 years leading development departments in arts and culture and special needs education organizations. Collectively, my responsibilities included building infrastructure and implementing strategic fundraising plans through multiple revenue streams. I worked closely with their boards and volunteer committees to help strengthen engagement, execute cultivation and fundraising events, and build out their fundraising pipeline. I’ve managed multi-million dollar relationships, and been awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants on behalf of these organizations.

I’ve worked as an Associate Instructor in Fundraising Fundamentals at Columbia University. Furthermore, I’m a certified event planner; and member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Association of Black Foundation Executives, American Alliance of Museums, New York Women in Film & Television, and Signature Theatre’s Just Inked Program.  And if that wasn’t enough, I am an Executive Committee Member on the Young Leaders Board of Lupus Research Alliance.

Yes, I’m still a working actor.
So, if you’ve seen my face somewhere, check your local listings. 😉

My Philosophy

If you read Your Coach, then you can understand why I could never possibly give my heart, soul, time and attention to just one cause. It can take many missions – and we are all interconnected – to ensure every being on our planet can survive and thrive.

Fundraising isn’t scary, or needy. Asking for money shouldn’t give you anxiety. It’s simply filling a gap that has been left untouched for far too long. And now you are taking the necessary steps to ensure this problem gets resolved – and stays resolved.

Knowing that you are on my site, tells me you want to serve others in the best way possible.

I salute you. Thank you for your commitment, your devotion, your altruism. We need more people like you.

My personal mission is to serve start-up, small or mid-sized organizations, or individuals that are under-resourced, and with not so common and seemingly rare services. My personal passions are performing and cultural arts, anti-human trafficking, social justice, foster care, homelessness, African-American history and historical preservation, and child education and development.

If you don’t know where to begin, allow me to guide and coach you through your journey. I’ve been on both sides of the fence and know you can get there too. I know you’ve been trying to climb the stairs of progress for so long, while you see others taking the elevator. Allow me to be your personal lift attendant.

Services

  • Grant Writing*
  • Grants Management
  • Prospect and Funder Research

*Most requested service

Services

  • Donor and/or Board Relations Management
  • Strategic Planning
  • Leadership Coaching

What They Say

I truly love the way you write! I super appreciate your help and advice.

― Artistic Director, LayeRhythm

Your passion has been evident and you have done so much hard work to aid in obtaining corporate sponsors, recruiting and keeping volunteers on track and overall event planning has been priceless to our organization.

― Event/PR Committee Chair, Stop Child Trafficking NOW