Tamora Walls Hughes is a graduate of Columbia College of Chicago where she received a bachelor's degree in graphic design and computer graphics. To date, she currently works as the Program Director in the Development / Grants department and the Englewood Small Business Accelerator Center for the Greater Englewood Community Development Corporation (GECDC) . Prior to this position, she was the Assistant Director of 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 successfully wrote grants that received over one-million dollars in funding. She also has functioned for over 20 years as an independent consultant servicing both nonprofit and profit organizations who require support to build stronger capacity and funding for their companies.
Tamora's technical skills and services include business planning and organization assessments, proposal development and writing, graphic design, presentations, various topic-based trainings, 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 1998 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 its facilities and enhance additional programs . 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 and outreach accepting her calling as a clergy in 2000. Tamora is Vice President of Talitha Cumi Ministries (over 17 Yrs.) that offers outreach services to young girls and women (12-up). For the past 8 years, she has served as one of the ministry leaders for The Bridge Network International, Inc. that focuses on uniting ministries together to make a greater impact in the communities they serve.