Karen Simpson, Senior Project Manager Southern California



Profile:  Karen Simpson

Current:  Independent Grant Consultant serving non-profit organizations, Municipal/  County Government, School District

  • Grant Program Administration and Management 27 Years, Municipal Government- HUD CDBG;    Emergency Shelter Grant, Transitional Housing Grant Programs; Discretionary  Funding Resources- City Los Angeles Mayor’s Office Special Projects
  • Served in Community Development Department as Management Analyst, Acting Housing Administrator, Grants Coordinator, and Housing Analyst
  • Adept in Grant Programmatic/Fiscal Compliance, Development of Policy & Procedures, and Project Monitoring/Reporting; Skilled in Communications, Writing, Research, Records Management, and Project Management


30 Years of grant writing experience:  Children/Youth Enrichment; Planning/Capacity Building, Homeless Support Services/Transitional Housing, Transitional Aged Youth (TAY) Support, Charter School Education, Job Training, Economic Development and Healthy Housing Improvement Programs

 Selected Grants

            Department of Transportation Clean CA Local Grant Program- $9.2 mil

               Affordable Housing Sustainable Communities Mixed-Use Development Support- $20.8 mil

               Measure A- LA County Park & Open Space – $893,000

            DOJ-Tobacco Enforcement & Education Program- $551,000

               Measure H-San Gabriel Valley Homeless Prevention Tri-City Coalition- $198,000

               Measure H- Home for Good Homeless Planning Gran- $50,000

               San Gabriel, Lower LA Rivers Mountains & Conservancy- $1.6 mil

               California Natural Resources Agency- Urban Greening Program- $2.8 mil

               Prop 1 Stormwater Grant: Beach Cities Stormwater Infiltration Safer Beaches Support- $5 mil

               California Department of Education, Charter Schools Planning- $10,000

               HUD/LAHSA Continuum of Care Plan & Supportive Housing Program- $1.1 mil

               HUD Office of Healthy Homes & Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control Round I- $2.9 mil

               Department of Justice, Weed & Seed Strategy- $1,500,000  

               ARRA, Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control Reduction Round II- $2.9 mil

               HUD Office of Healthy Homes & Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control Round III- $2.4 mil

               The California Wellness Foundation- The Fatherhood Connection- $10,000


Presenter/Trainer:  Grants Development & Planning 101; Grant Writing & Resources; Board Development Guidance, Capacity Enhancement, Fundraising Tips- 1st Jurisdiction COGIC-Professional Women’s Leadership Seminars

Community Outreach: Served as facilitator and coordinated various outreach/educational events with California State Polytechnic University, Western University of Health Sciences, non-profit, clergy, social and health organizations for programs: Community Development Block Grant, Emergency Shelter Grant, and Lead-Based Paint Education, Awareness & Control Abatement Program, and conducted annual technical assistance workshops for grant recipients.   

Recent Trainings:  Non-profit Fundraising; Fall Fundraising Results; Growing and Engaging Donors

Education:  MPA– California State University Dominguez Hills; BA-California State University Long Beach

Pending Education:  Site Development Review/Project Management Certification

Affiliations:  Center for Non-Profit Management, Foundation Center; The Chronicle of Philanthropy News; Southern California Health & Housing Council- Alumni; California Healthy Housing Council Alumni; Association of Fundraising Professionals [AFP] Alumni; National Grant Writers Association Certification/Alumni; The Grantsmanship Center Certification/Alumni-Los Angeles Chapter; Toastmaster’s International Alumni.

Private Sector