Meet the Good Works Lab Team: Grant Writer, Julie Hay

Julie Hay is Good Work Lab’s grant writer extraordinaire. She brings
creativity, appreciation for complex problems, and contagious
enthusiasm for big ideas to the GWL team.

Born in Detroit and raised mainly in Traverse City, Hay loves her
community and is committed to doing meaningful work that improves
the quality of life for more people.

Hay earned both her B.A. and M.A. from The University of Michigan,
where she developed her writing voice, critical thinking skills, and
passion for social justice issues. Her varied and meandering career
path is reflective of her curious and risk-tolerant personality.
Her resume includes but is not limited to many roles: public educator,
land use policy specialist, community center coordinator, Covid
homeschool mom, community garden coordinator, flower farmer, and
Head Start administrator, to name a few.

A managing partner at HKM & Associates, she works closely with
business partner Kelli Kaberle-Mengebier, to support non-profit and
public sector clients with development, grant writing, communications,
and research needs. She loves the unique challenges inherent in
grant writing.

“With grant writing, I offer a translation service. I take the
client’s vision and synthesize it appropriately for a specific audience.
It’s storytelling, but with a word limit, measurable outcomes, and a
budget,” she shares.

Hay loves to spend time with her husband Tony and two school-aged
children. She is an ardent tennis player, voracious reader, and lover of
big ideas and engaging conversations.

Hay always welcomes an opportunity to brainstorm solutions and talk
strategy; unless, of course, she’s on deadline.


Contact Julie

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