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's experience reaches all phases of the business development lifecycle. She has over 10 years' experience in the international development sector, beginning in relationship management and strategic planning at the organizational level. Leveraging that experience in change management, SJ loves supporting BD teams in developing new processes and systems.
SJ has been managing proposals since 2015 with a diverse set of donors, including USAID, USDA, IFC, Department of State, EU, DFID, foundations, and the private sector. She is certified by Shipley Associates in proposal management and proposal writing.
SJ is also a trained facilitator, certified as a Trainer of Trainers by Humentum. She specializes in facilitating technical design workshops and business development trainings, including leading Bid Boss's training team. SJ has led workshops in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East.
Whitney has been managing proposals since 2010, working with clients in international development to create compelling content that conveys complex messages in a digestible format. With over $12 billion in signed awards from U.S. government, foundation, and multi-lateral donors, Whitney knows how to deliver a clear and compelling message in the language of the client.
Whitney 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 help them build the skills and confidence to take on proposal management .
Leveraging that strength in staff development, Whitney became a Certified Professional Diversity Coach in 2020 and began working with clients one-on-one to tackle particular issues preventing them from getting where they want to be.
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.
Diana has been a non-profit leader working at the intersection of financial management, public policy, agriculture, rural development, and land rights for more than twenty years. She has helped multiple organizations right-size project evaluation for a range of interventions, institutional settings, and budgets, while balancing performance management and impact evaluation needs. Having served for more than six years as a program officer and consultant with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Diana offers a unique understanding of what foundations look for in new project design and in their funding determinations. Diana is also an accountant by trade, and one of those magical individuals who loves a good budget.
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.
Joelle brings extensive experience working in low resource contexts, with more than ten years of field-based experience in Africa, MENA, Central America and Asia. She has worn all of the many hats of proposal development, from capture to management to technical writing. Joelle’s technical background is in humanitarian response, fragile contexts and disaster relief, and as such, she has extensive knowledge of USAID, PRM, BHA, IOM, and many other humanitarian donor agencies. She brings great experience working on multi-sector proposals with considerable applied background in education, health and protection sectors.
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.