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).