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About Us


Our Mission

Our mission is to provide comprehensive grant development and project management expertise, thereby helping organizations maximize impact in serving communities and residents.

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Our Vision

All grant funded projects exceed their outcomes and perform exceptionally through the resources and unique expertise offered by The Grants Clearinghouse’s staff and partners.

Meet the Team



Leadership Team

Mason founded The Grants Clearinghouse after nearly 30 years of experience in workforce development, postsecondary education, and social services policy and practice. His experience spans from leading executive teams at the U.S. Department of Labor and Salt Lake Community College to helping small organizations manage and comply with federal grant requirements. Mason’s consulting clients include community colleges, workforce development organizations, private businesses, and community-based organizations throughout the United States.

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Prepare and Win Team

Elizabeth has over ten years of experience working in the nonprofit and government sectors. As the deputy director for Serve Indiana, she was responsible for the grant application and review process to distribute millions of dollars of state and federal funds to nonprofit organizations. Her role included the oversight and monitoring of those funds and programs. As a consultant, Elizabeth enjoys serving institutions of higher education, community colleges, and government agencies, providing pre-award support services, grant development, and post-award services. As a grant project manager, she has helped her clients win over $15 million in federal and state grant funds.



Perform Team

Abby is an analytical, results oriented strategic thinker with multifaceted experience in designing and conducting evaluations assessing program effectiveness and scalability. She possesses content knowledge and expertise in workforce development policy and programming, higher education innovation, and various aspects of health policy and public health practice. Abby has successfully guided organizations of different sizes and capacity to more effectively capture data necessary to understand impact and demonstrate progress, and has developed creative utilization-focused program evaluation methodologies with a laser focus on providing useful results to clients for real-time program improvement. Her catalogue of clients includes the Appalachian Regional Commission, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration, the Appalachian Ohio Manufacturers Coalition, the Indiana University School of Nursing, and numerous community and technical colleges and Workforce Development Boards across the nation.



Perform Team

Adrienne is a seasoned professional with over 7 years of experience in local and federal government roles, specializing in community and economic development. Her career includes significant positions such as working with the U.S. Economic Development Administration to assist coal-impacted communities, serving as a County Coordinator, and managing programs for a multi-state Metropolitan Planning Organization/W.V. Economic Development District. Adept in project management and policy implementation, Adrienne excels in grant management, regulatory compliance, and leading cross-functional teams. Her commitment to community outreach and collaboration has consistently yielded positive impacts on communities and organizations.



Business Development Team

With over six years of professional experience in the field of workforce development and social services, Rush has worked with both large global consulting firms and small businesses. Rush has a proven track record of excellence in areas such as presentation and facilitation, marketing, business development, logistics coordination, and content development. His exceptional contributions were recognized when he was awarded the prestigious title of Junior Innovator of the Year by his former employer, ICF, in 2018. Driven by his unwavering commitment to empowering organizations, he looks forward to supporting clients with their grant requirements.

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Instruction Team

Jim has an extensive business and industrial background in automotive manufacturing. For the past decade, he has taught at the university level. He served as a community college’s grant manager. Jim is a founding partner and Principal of FPI, helping organizations increase process efficiency, cultivate leaders, and facilitate organizational improvement. Jim develops curriculum, learning materials, and training activities for business and industry clients. He also serves as training facilitator/instructor.

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Instruction Team

Jan is an experienced higher education administrator and faculty member. She has co-managed grants in community college and university settings in her leadership roles. Jan has over 20 years of postsecondary teaching experience. As Senior Partner with FPI, Jan oversees FPI’s learning management system and develops curriculum, learning materials, and training activities for business and industry clients. She also serves as facilitator/instructor.

Employability Services

QA Commons

The Grants Clearinghouse partners with QA Commons to integrate employability skills into grant projects. Employers continually say that employability skills deficits inhibit employee success and career progression. QA Commons has program and professional certifications and offers badges to students. To learn more, go to


The Grants Clearinghouse offers access to The Work Number. It provides data you need to capture the employment and earnings data of participants so you can report accurate results to your funder. For more information or a quote, contact us.