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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.

Sara Jane Baublitz

SJ Baublitz

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FOUNDING PARTNER

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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 Kippes

Whitney Kippes

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FOUNDING PARTNER

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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. 

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Sabine Bernard, MPH
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Sabine is an international development and health financing expert with 10 years of experience supporting developing countries to mobilize domestic and private health resources in Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, and the Caribbean. She has experience advising and Finance on financing investment strategies and public private partnerships for SDG finance integration. Sabine has significant experience liaising with development banks and agencies such as USAID, World Bank, and the CDC to perform resource and stakeholder mapping to inform health financing strategy and program implementation. She is fluent in French and Haitian Creole.

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Emily Brown
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Emily has 12 years of experience in gender equality and social inclusion and more than five years’ experience in business development and project design. She has managed gender and inclusive development integration for U.S. government bids up to $200 million for dozens of proposals across a range of sectors – health, education, food security, resilience, civil society and governance, child protection, prevention, and response to gender-based violence, women’s economic empowerment, adolescents and youth, and more. She has worked with several prominent international organizations to provide technical assistance to projects on gender and inclusion including designing and conducting nearly a dozen project and country-level gender and social inclusion analyses. She is well versed in U.S. policies on gender equality, female empowerment, inclusive development, and women’s and children’s rights.

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Claire Dewey
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Claire has five years of experience in international development and has worked on both business development and project management teams in Washington DC. She has supported the implementation of USAID and USDA economic development projects, provided proposal development and management support to USAID, USDA, DFID, and US Department of State proposals, and engaged in landscape research and competitor analysis. Claire has her M.A. in International Development from the University of Denver. 

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Allison Annette Foster
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Allison brings over 20 years of experience in global development with expertise in technical programming, business development, and business marketing. She's well versed in growth and marketing strategy development, partnership management, bid capture, and proposal writing. Allison also brings dynamic skills in capacity building, including senior level coaching, mentoring of staff and teams, and direct training. Ms. Foster has served on numerous research advisory boards and review committees for WHO, the CORE Group, and Johnson & Johnson. She is published in several peer reviewed journals, including USAID’s Global Health Science and Practice, and has presented her work in international conferences, such as the Health Systems Research Global Forums, CORE Group Global Conferences, and the World Bank’s Conference for Global Partners for Social Accountability.

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Jessie Goff
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Jessie is an accomplished business development leader with 15 years of experience scoping, leading and writing competitive proposals to diverse U.S. Government, foundation and corporate donors, with a focus on agricultural market systems development. She has trained small and large nonprofits on fundraising strategy and proposal development, and mentored junior staff on business development processes and roles. Jessie received a Master in Development Practice from the University of Denver and has experience working in sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and Eastern Europe. 

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Pam Gogo, MDP
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Pamela is an early-career development professional with five years of experience driving development and growth for non-profits and international NGOs. She has worked for grassroots and notable development organizations in business development, program management, donor relations, marketing and communications. Pamela has provided support to a variety of USAID-funded projects based in Jordan, Niger, and the United States. She received a Master of Arts in Development Practice from Emory University, where she concentrated in Development Economics and Gender Justice. Pamela is interested in the intersection of law and development as a tool to further equitable global justice outcomes.

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Jess Greenburg
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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.

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Diana Grusczynski
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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 a finance professional by trade, and one of those magical individuals who loves a good budget.

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Daphney Jean
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Daphney is an accomplished and performance-driven grant writer with nearly four years of experience in researching and analyzing grant opportunities and drafting proposals. Her skills include project management, data analysis, research, fundraising, and institutional giving specializing in international development, global health, reproductive health, women’s rights, and immigration. She has written proposals and reports to the William + Flora Hewlett Foundation, David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and small, family foundations.

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Gretchen King
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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.  

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Michelle Kurian
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Michelle has extensive experience in the international agricultural development sector with experience in smallholder technology, ICT, women’s empowerment, and extension. She has worked with a number of INGOs on projects or developed concept notes and proposals for MCC, USAID, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, as well as various private sector partners. Her speciality is in competitive landscaping, technical writing, and field due diligence. Her regional expertise is in Southern Africa but she was worked in other parts of sub Saharan Africa, Central America and South Asia.

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Anne Leewis
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Anne brings 15 years of practical humanitarian and development programming experience with different INGOs such as Oxfam, Danish Refugee Council, Norwegian Refugee Council and Concern Worldwide. Having worked in a variety of countries, including Anglophone and Francophone countries in West and East Africa, Myanmar and the Middle East, she has extensive experience in implementing and designing programs in challenging, complex humanitarian settings. Anne's responsibilities included all phases of the project cycle - from assessment, to project design, implementation and evaluation. She has extensive proposal writing experience for several humanitarian donors, ranging from US donors (USAID, PRM), to the UN (UNICEF, Pooled Fund, UNFPA, UNHCR) and European institutional donors (ECHO, SIDA, DANIDA, IrishAid, FCDO).  Her strength lies in the ability to draw on her diverse experience, as well as bring together many moving pieces (from staff, to locations and contexts, to project activities) together to a coherent end result - be it a proposal, program strategy or project activities.

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Alison LeFew
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Alison is a global health and international development professional with over 20 years of experience spanning business development, project management, technical assistance, and volunteerism. She brings strong interpersonal skills and senior expertise in business development, proposal writing, partnership building, recruitment, capacity building, project management lifecycle, budgeting and work planning, technical and financial reporting, client relationship management, and staff supervision and mentorship. Alison promotes and thrives in diverse, cross-cultural, and inclusive environments. With technical competence across a variety of domains – including global health, gender equality/equity and social inclusion, integrated governance and monitoring, evaluation, research and learning programs – she has provided a variety of technical, business development and management assistance in support of team members and government, academic and civil society partners who are leading large and complex research and development programs in Asia, Africa, and Eastern Europe; she has lived and worked in Niger, Ghana, and Nigeria.

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Joelle Petrus
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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. 

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Duncan Nelson
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Duncan, an experience proposal manager, will be joining the Bid Boss team in June 2022! Check back for more info.

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Kourtney Pompi
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Kourtney brings more than 20 years of international development experience in over 50 countries to the design, implementation and evaluation of projects that provide citizens with the tools and information needed for them to actively engage their government and press for fundamental freedoms, as well as greater transparency and accountability. She has significant experience in both program management and technical skill areas, including citizen engagement, electoral participation, community empowerment, peace building, social cohesion and inclusive development programming. Kourtney is well versed with the regulations and standards of IOM, DOS, PRM, DHL, and the Westminster Foundation for Democracy.

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Juliet Stein
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Juliet has approximately twenty-five years of international relief and development experience with fifteen years of experience in proposal writing and business development for bilateral European donors, the European Union and ECHO, USAID’s BHA, and other multilateral donors. Juliet also has expertise in conducting on-site mixed methods research to inform program design, facilitating strategic planning for development organizations, and developing programmatic theories of change, and MEAL frameworks. She has also developed theories of change around the inclusion of marginalized communities into labor markets in MENA. Juliet has worked in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Tajikistan, Armenia, Sudan, D.R. Congo, Syria (remotely), and Yemen (remotely) and is fluent in Bosnian and proficient in Russian.

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Lisa Taylor
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Lisa, an experience proposal writer and Spanish/English translator, will be joining the Bid Boss team in April 2022! Check back for more info.

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Laura Wicks
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Laura, an experience proposal management and technical design pro, will be joining the Bid Boss team in April 2022! Check back for more info.