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Tamora Walls Hughes is a graduate of Columbia College of Chicago receiving a bachelor's degree in Computer Graphics and Graphic Design. To date, she currently works as Program Director in Development and Grants for Greater Englewood Community Development Coordinator. Prior to this position, she was the  Assistant Director, Grants and Contracts for City Colleges of Chicago supporting WYCC PBS Chicago (Channel 20) and WKKC 89.3 FM and over five years with Kennedy-King College's Career Programs Department where she has successfully written grants that have received funding in the amounts of over one-million dollars. She also works as an independent consultant servicing both nonprofit and profit organizations. Tamora's technical skills and services include business planning and organization assessments, proposal development and writing, graphic design, presentations, computer training, basic IT support, and web development. Over the past 20 years, Tamora has developed strong collaborative partnerships with other grant writing professionals who collectively have over 45 + years of experienced. Tamora is a member of the Grants Professional Association (GPA) and is preparing for her Grant Professional Certification through Grant Professionals Certification Institute (GPCI)™

She started working as an independent consultant in October, 2002 attending and completing the SBA Entrepreneurship Courses where she received her certificates. In early 2003, she partnered with Business Services Group (BSG) where she began providing business solutions to profit, non-profit, and small business institutions. She took a series of business planning writing courses at Olive Harvey College in 2004. In February 2004, she worked as the Director of Computer Technology for a local church in Chicago, and was awarded grants to upgrade current services and enhance additional programs and curriculums. During this term, she developed a program called "Who's the Boss Youth Entrepreneur Workshops. In 2007, she added "Who's the Boss" Seminars to her workshop roster.

Tamora offers Business Breakfast Workshops and Grantwriting Bootcamps. The workshops and bootcamps allow individuals to acquire information about business start-ups, assessment plans, grants, loans and franchise information.  She has taught courses entitled Grants 101 and Nonprofit Startup at the Chicago Urban League (ProjectNext), Building an Effective Board of Directors, Fundraising Strategies, Web Design 101 and Social Media to other organizations. She has participated as a Grant Reviewer for U.S. Department of Education, Department of Justice, Department of Health and Human Services and other local foundations. Tamora has written over $2.5 million awarded grants for various organizations.

Tamora has self-published three books entitled "Thy Kingdom Come: Living A Life of Dominion, Power and Authority", "Reflections of the Heart-Cliffhanger Series" and "Kwik Steps: Proposal Preparation and Grantwriting Formats: A Step-By-Step Guide" . She is currently working on two books entitled "The Non-Profits Guide to Funding Opportunities" and "Greatest Love: Cliffhanger Series 2".

She has a compassionate heart for ministry ready and willing to give her best to God and to His people. Tamora was called to the ministry to preach the Gospel in 2000, where she began to operate as a Minister and Intercessor of Prayer. Tamora is Vice President of Talitha Cumi Ministries (17 Yrs.) that offers outreach services to young girls and women (12-up). The outreach services include: one-on-one mentoring, workshops, retreats and career/craft activities. Over the years, she has been invited to speak at different events for various churches and non-profit organizations. For the past 8 years, she has served as one of the ministry/pastoral leaders at The Bridge Network International, Inc. that focuses on uniting different ministries together to do a greater work for the Kingdom of God. Tamora is pursuing her Master's degree in Pastoral Counseling at Liberty University (Online).

Work History

Oct 2002Present

Consultant

Tamora Walls Consulting

Develop and write business plans and grant proposals for profit and non-profit organizations with a portfolio value of over $500,000.  Administer career coaching and strategic planning services. Provide consultant services for organizations strategic planning, technical development, implementation strategies, and computer training (for the trainer). Conduct business, grant writing, and career development workshop presentations.

Mar 2001Present

Vice President/Asst. Youth Coord./Mentor Coach

Talitha Cumi Ministries

Nonprofit 501c3 organization that support women and girls particularly within the inner city of Chicago. Duties include strategic planning, program development, implement and evaluation of all events and programs. Programs and events that range from self-development, life skills, literacy, career development and preventions. Provide guidance counseling and referrals to participants (when necessary). Operate as Mentor Coordinator for Sisters for Sisters Empowerment Programs and Career Coach for Youth Careers and Entrepreneurs.

Jun 2015Present

Program Director, Development and Grants

Greater Englewood Community Development Corp

Research, develop and implement a systems to evaluate the skill,  and professional development needs of all staff. Work with staff to develop objective performance measurements across all programs, to ensure consistent, high-quality evaluation and goal setting for all employees.

Identify and develop grant proposals that best align funding opportunities with potentials funders.

Nov 2008Jun 2015

Assistant Director Grants and Contracts

City Colleges of Chicago

Operated as Assistant Director, Grants and Contracts at WYCC PBS Chicago acquisitioning funding in the amount of $350,000+ programing and production.

Previously, supported Career Program Department with research, development and grant proposals. Provided departmental strategic planning and technical support. Offered mini-workshops and best practice presentations. Awarded (2010) $2.4 million and $2.5 million grant for U.S. Department of Education PBI Grants, $10,000 from Field Foundation for Theatre awarded Afterschool Matters Summer Program three consecutive years (2008-2010), and I-Car Foundation in-kind donations valued over $10,000 for automotive.

Jun 2009Jun 2009

Peer Reviewer

U.S. Department of Justice

Participated as a peer reviewer for the U.S. Department of Justice: Office of Justice Programs (OJP), competition FY 2009 Second Chance Act Mentoring Grants to Nonprofit Organizations. Provided grant review service evaluations for 15 applications. Participated in peer review discussions via telephone and internet.

Jun 2007Jun 2007

Peer Reviewer

U.S. Department of Education

Participated as a peer reviewer for U.S. Department of Education, Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools' Mentoring Program competition (CFDA 84.184B ). Provided grant review service evaluations for two rounds of applications. Participated in peer review discussions via telephone and internet.

Feb 2006Apr 2007

Executive Director Assistant - ABJ Center of the Arts

ABJ Community Services

Assistant to Youth Program Director for after school programs which supported inner city youth. Duties included schedule, training, counseling and tutoring. Designed and produced marketing materials for theatrical shows and program promotions. Wrote, created, and designed sponsorship campaign materials, and developed press releases. Organized and developed presentation materials for Executive Director. Provided planning support for ticketing prior and at live events. Performed as Floor Manager at live events and assisted Executive Director in various capacities. On-site provided basic computer training courses for youth computer lab. Desktop support services typically involving installation of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) software. Assisted IT Administrator with desktop problem resolution analysis, installation of PCs, printers, scanners and other PC peripherals.

Education

Feb 2013Present

Masters

Liberty University

The Master of Divinity with a cognate in Pastoral Ministries is a program specifically designed to prepare students for professional Christian ministry in the local church and parachurch settings, serving in a pastorate position. Course materials provide a study of biblical leadership principles and strategies, along with intensive study in the Scriptures and essential truths of the Christian faith. Throughout the course, an emphasis is placed on understanding and utilizing the core values, knowledge and skills needed to effectively serve in a variety of ministry-based roles.

Feb 1988May 1991

Bachelors of Art

Columbia College of Chicago

Art and Computer Graphics - Average: B

Columbia College of Chicago is located in a urban community located in Chicago’s arts and education corridor, allowing students to use the entire city as a social, cultural, educational, and professional resource.

Aug 1986Jan 1988

Art Major

Cornell College

Basic Academic Courses - Average: B

Cornell College is a private institution located in Mt. Vernon, IA. With the distinctive One Course At A Time curriculum, students immerse themselves in just one academic discipline per three-and-a-half-week block.

Certifications

Aug 2014Aug 2014

Certificate of Achievement

eCivis
Grants Network: Knowledge Base Training: - Grants 101 - Programmatic Compliance - Goal Setting
May 2009May 2009

Certification of Completion

Institute for Strategic Funding Development
Strategic Grant Writing, Program Planning and Grant Research
Apr 2006Jun 2006

Small Business Training Series Certificate of Completion

Small Business Administration
SBA Certification Small Business Training
May 2005Jun 2005

Business Plan Writing Certificate of Completion

City Colleges of Chicago Olive Harvey College