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Expert Grant Writing Services

Helping Communities Secure Funding For Their Key Initiatives

Adrienne Harris Consulting (AHC) has helped secure millions of dollars in state, federal, and private support for our local government and non-profit clients. Below are some of the services we provide.

Grant Funding Consulting
We help our clients identify their key projects that are a good fit for grant funding support. We will work with staff to identify priority needs and craft realistic grant funding strategies. We also help clients identify how to make their projects grant ready – solid project designs that align with funder goals.

Grant Research
AHC researches state, federal, and private funding opportunities that align with your key projects. Grant opportunities are identified and reviewed for relevance as well as probability of success.

Grant Training
At AHC, we believe in building our clients capacity for grant writing success. We offer coaching for staff with grant administration roles, as well as trainings on the funding search, application process, and beyond.

Grant Writing
When a worthwhile funding opportunity is identified, we work with clients to develop and submit an application. For unsuccessful applications, AHC will help clients get feedback from the funding agency on how best to modify an application in order to increase the likelihood of future success.

Strategic Planning and Leadership Transition

Assisting Organizations As They Plan for the Future

Adrienne Harris Consulting has a proven track record navigating organizations through changes in leadership and helping them plan strategically for the future. Services we provide:

  • Strategic Planning
  • Succession Planning
  • Interim Executive Management Services
  • Board Coaching and Executive Director Mentorship


"Adrienne Harris has been a vital resource in helping the City of San Luis Obispo meet its ambitious climate action goals. Adrienne has helped the city win millions in grant funding to support active transportation and other projects. She is the consummate professional in laying out a timeline and plan to apply for government grants that can sometimes have cumbersome requirements. She is well organized in her approach and has a knack for taking technical information and distilling it down to what matters most without being reductive. And perhaps the best part is that Adrienne is just really fun to work with.”

Adam Fukushima
Active Transportation Manager
City of San Luis Obispo

"Adrienne Harris is hands down a superstar. The San Luis Obispo Food Bank retained Adrienne as our Interim CEO to organize our leadership search and manage our organization during that time frame. And then COVID hit, thrusting her into managing way more than anticipated. Calm under pressure, nimble in her approach, she guided us through a record-breaking increase in services, motivated our staff through uncertain times, and kept focused to enable us to hire an incredible CEO candidate amidst the turmoil. We unreservedly recommend her for her management skills, communication expertise, and vision to help both management teams and boards function at their highest level.”

Steve Davis, Past Board Chair
SLO Food Bank

“Adrienne recently shepherded us through our strategic planning process. We knew we were in good hands, and her careful planning made for a smooth afternoon with fruitful and thought-provoking conversation. The result – a succinct roadmap for our next three years with optimistic yet realistic goals and timelines.”

Donna Jones, Executive Director
SLO Legal Assistance Foundation

"GALA Central Coast recently went through strategic planning with Adrienne Harris and we cannot recommend her highly enough. She made the whole process interesting and interactive. The work she did before the actual planning session made everything run smoothly and we have a coherent workable plan in progress. We are a small non-profit seeking to promote best practices and grow our organization in a sustainable manner and Adrienne's homework questions really helped focus the group. She was able to make cogent suggestions in addition to keeping us on track. Thank you Adrienne. GALA is delighted that we worked together!"

Michelle Call and GALA Board of Directors

"The Women's Shelter Program was so fortunate to retain Adrienne Harris for our Interim Executive Director role. She helped organize our many grants and ensure we were compliant with requirements. In addition, Adrienne was calm and efficient at managing the rest of our operations, keeping our organization running smoothly and ensuring that services for our clients were never interrupted. Thanks to her hard work it was a clean hand off to our new ED. Adrienne possessed the skills needed to help us through a key time of transition."

Robin Mitchell Hee
President of the Board
Women's Shelter Program of San Luis Obispo

"I have worked with Adrienne and the Morro Bay National Estuary Program for several years crafting programs and grant requests meeting both of our goals. Grant writing is an art and Adrienne has captured it."

Howard Carroll
Harold J. Miossi Charitable Trust
Adrienne Lynne Harris
Adrienne Harris

Adrienne has over 20 years of experience working with government and nonprofit organizations to advance initiatives at the national, regional, and local levels. She has extensive experience facilitating collaborations across the public and private sectors to meet shared goals. During her career, Adrienne has worked with elected officials, agency staff, donors, nonprofit groups, interested community members, local businesses, and others to move projects forward. She has helped organizations successfully compete for and manage multi-year grant awards. She has also served on grant review teams for federal, regional, and local-level funders, so she has first-hand experience knowing what funders are looking for in proposals.

Now based in California, Adrienne has worked with government and non-profit organizations both in the U.S. and abroad. Among her past work, Adrienne has served as the Executive Director of the Morro Bay National Estuary Program and Bay Foundation of Morro Bay, as Interim Executive Director of the Women’s Shelter Program (now Lumina Alliance), and as Interim CEO of the SLO Food Bank. Adrienne has served as a policy analyst for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Washington, D.C., as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in the Philippines, and as co-chair of Artomatic, a 1,000 plus artist art festival celebrating visual and performing arts in Washington, D.C.

Contact Me

For inquiries, please email info@adrienne-harris.com.