The Bid Boss Team
Founding partners SJ Baublitz and Whitney Kippes have sought out only the best and brightest business development consultants to work under our umbrella. Together, we value community over competition, work to overcome imposter syndrome, and see our clients as more than just their work.
These basic tenants, alongside decades as technical and business development experts position us to help you win more - and avoid burnout.
Bid Boss Consulting is a women-owned small business.
SJ has been managing proposals since 2015 with a diverse set of donors, including USAID, USDA, IFC, U.S. Department of State, EU, DFID, foundations and the private sector. Previous to that, she worked in the international development sector in relationship management and strategic planning. She is certified by Shipley Associates in proposal management and proposal writing and is also a trained facilitator who specializes in facilitating technical design workshops and business development trainings. SJ has led workshops in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East, and she speaks Spanish.
Whitney has been managing proposals since 2010, working with clients in international development and the private sector to create compelling content that conveys complex messages in a digestible format. With over $100,000,000 in signed awards from U.S. government, foundation, and multi-lateral, Whitney knows how to speak the language of these key donors. She is certified by Shipley Associates in capture and proposal management and proposal writing, and has found a niche managing complex proposals while coaching junior business development staff to empower them to take over when she leaves.
Ally has been managing and writing proposals since 2010, working with diverse donors including USAID, CDC, DFID, UNITAID, and UN entities, as well as foundation and corporate donors. She is certified by Shipley Associates in capture and proposal management and proposal writing, and has worked with international development organizations to develop and lead proposal development workshops and trainings for both headquarters and country office staff. Ally has experience working in multiple countries in Africa and in India.
Yvonne has arranged business deals and coordinated million-dollar proposals since 2012. For five years she lived and worked in Indonesia where she became proficient in Indonesian language and political economy and where she worked for the American Chamber of Commerce, USAID SEADI business enabling environment project, and the Netherlands Development Organization (SNV). Yvonne holds Project Management Professional (PMP) certification, a master’s in international development studies from the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University, and has training in proposal writing and management from Shipley Associates.
Gretchen has worked with INGOs on the development of USAID proposals, specifically in the democracy, rights, and governance sector. She has conducted research, evaluations, and assessments of INGO and donor (MCC and USAID) programming as it relates to policy influencing with host governments, sustainability approaches, localization of aid, and efforts to advocate for policy and practice changes within the US Government and UN system. Her expertise in evidence-based policy formation, policy influencing, and deep understanding of aid effectiveness practice approaches, enable her to connect global policy to practical implementation in the field.
Jess brings her background in environmental conservation, sustainable agriculture, and human rights to her work in marketing, social media, and administrative support. She has spent the past five years working with small businesses, non-profits, and innovate startups to design marketing strategies to increase reach, influence, and buy-in across various sectors and verticals. Her systems thinking approach allows for integration between various forms of marketing, such as social media, web design, ads, and email campaign in a holistic fashion.
Laura is a senior at Mount Holyoke College with a double major in Political Science and Economics with a passion for using digital media to drive social change. She knows how to break dense information into digestible, value driven content to raise brand awareness. After working as a social media manager for several small businesses, her interest stirred into business development. She is thrilled to be joining the Bid Boss team as a Business Development Intern to deepen her knowledge of international business development while continuing to enhance her digital marketing skills.