Lynn English has a twenty-five year history of fundraising and program planning with dozens of local and national non-profit organizations and foundations. Her work includes extensive experience in virtually all facets of development including prospect research; donor cultivation; proposal writing and developing collateral materials; development audits, fundraising plans, and feasibility studies; special events; and managing board and volunteer fundraising. She is also an experienced facilitator and trainer and enjoys working with boards and staffs through the process of reaching consensus, developing skills, and navigating change.
Lynn has served as a development executive for organizations including AARP Experience Corps, Center for Community Change, Latin American Youth Center, Year Up National Capital Region, and others. She holds a B.A. in English from Georgetown University and a M.A. in English from the University of Maryland at College Park. She was a founding board member of Public Allies and currently serves on the Public Allies DC Advisory Board.
While Lynn works on many different kinds of projects, she is often called into organizations when they are going through periods of transition – such as a change in staff or strategy – or are planning for growth. She is adept at aligning resource development plans to meet an organization’s overarching strategic goals. Lynn’s style is very hands-on and relationship-oriented, while focused on strategy and outcomes. She is passionate about working with mission-driven organizations, especially those dedicated to children, youth, and families and a commitment to social justice, and helping the people who lead and work for those organizations reach their goals.
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Marlissa Hudson is a multi-faceted marketing consultant and artist in the Washington, D.C. area. Her career includes over 10 years working in social media, public relations, marketing, and project management for both nonprofit and private sectors. With a background in grant writing, she has also successfully secured funding for groups ranging from early childhood centers to overseas travel and performance opportunities.
Most recently, Marlissa was the Manager of External Relations for Year Up in Washington, D.C. In that role she managed all social media, including building Facebook, twitter, and Instagram accounts from scratch. She also managed several special events, including a group of over 30 international educators sponsored by the State Department. As a member of the development team, she also participated in the execution of several large events, including twice annual graduations (over 1000 in attendance at the final one) and the “Geek Gala”, where she not only worked on the event management side, but participated as an auction item in 2013 – securing $1600 for a private recital to assist Year Up.
Marlissa is also the President and Founder of RedTent LLC, designed to inspire others to achieve success through education and the arts. Activities include masterclasses with aspiring artists, performances, and speaking engagements that challenge young people to reach their full potential through music. In 2014 alone her work included engagements in Bulgaria, Paraguay, California, and Pennsylvania. Marlissa graduated from Duke University with a B.A. in music and sociology, and received her Master of Music from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University.