Ms. White has over twenty years of experience in grants program management, grant writing, strategic planning, project management, compliance monitoring and program remediation for public sector, non-profit and commercial clients, and has successfully guided clients through auditing and monitoring of A-87, A-122 and A-133 circular requirements as they relate to grant funding and projects, putting systems in place to ensure successful results. As a grants manager in Florida, Ms. White obtained and managed millions of dollars in local, state and federal formula, disaster recovery, and competitive grant funding for Florida communities, including developing and managing strategic and action plans, establishing policies and procedures, physical inventory and capital expenditure management for government, social service agencies and non-profits for federal and state funding sources, including grants federal grants through HUD, DOJ, DOT, HHS and DHS. Additionally, Ms. White has earned the Certified Grants Management Specialist (CGMS) certification through the National Grants Management Association (NGMA), demonstrating a master-level knowledge and specialty practice in the field of full lifecycle grants management. Ms. White has a proven ability to adapt knowledge, research and program management capabilities to all types of program and project management, and has spent much of her career building relationships between federal, state, local and business stakeholders to promote positive community change.
Owner/Consultant, MJ White Consulting
August 2014 – Present
Ms. White provides project management, grants management, grant writing, community development and grantee technical assistance services. Currently working on Technical Assistance projects as a sub-contractor for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and serving as an advisor and consultant for several non-profit and for-profit entities.
Enterprise Risk Manager, Deloitte & Touche LLP, Arlington, VA
January 2011-July 31, 2014
As part of the Public Sector Practice with a Grants Management Specialization, Ms. White has worked on the following projects:
State of Nevada SLIGP Program Grant Writer/Manager – as part of a pro-bono effort to assist the State of Nevada obtain the State and Local Implementation Grant Program (SLIGP) funding, Ms. White managed the effort and was the main writer of the funded $1.9 million application (SLIGP is a formula-based, matching grant program administered by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), designed to assist regional, state, local, and tribal government entities as they plan for a nationwide public safety broadband network).
New Markets Tax Credit Applications, Manager, Application Process and Review - worked with various community development entities on development of applications for the New Markets Tax Credit program, The New Markets Tax Credit spurs investment of private sector capital into distressed communities by providing a tax credit to corporate or individual taxpayers who make qualified equity investments in designated Community Development Entities (CDEs). The CDEs, in turn, invest the capital raised into projects and businesses in low- income communities. Project management responsibilities included development and management of the work plan and writing, review and oversight of the application process for five to seven entity applicants.
Advanced Energy Credit for Manufacturers (IRC 48C) Applications, Manager, Application Writing and Review – Managed team charged with writing and review of applications for various clients to the 48C Tax Credit program, checking applications for consistency with applicable code and regulations and ensuring that applications covered all critical areas identified within the application guidance to maximize points for applicant organizations.
Funding Program Manager - worked with the Deloitte Team to develop Sources & Uses Summary for a development of a new facility for a large public library in Michigan. The current library location is a dilapidated facility requiring extensive capital investments and upgrades to meet current technology standards. The governing board of this non-profit entity is considering relocation which requires determining the cost of purchasing and remodeling a replacement structure and identification of funding sources. Ms. White and the Deloitte Team prepared a document that included identification of potential tax credits, government and other public incentives, and grant funding sources, along with evaluation of the effort and cost required to pursue identified funding and incentive programs and quantification of sources, when applicable.
Notice of Funding Availability General Section Revision - worked with a federal agency to review, revise and streamline the General Section of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) document, which guides grantees on the requirements, terms and conditions of agency grant funding. Ms. White collaborated with the client to eliminate redundancies, simplify the guidance, and streamline the instructions to improve the grant application and funding process for grantees.
Monitoring Report Review and Control Manager - managed the review and refinement of financial sampling and monitoring reports and procedures for USAID END in Africa (End Tropical Diseases in Africa) grant program, advising the team and client on methodology and report structures for a project designed to evaluate the integrity of the use of grant funds, including review and sampling of expenditures, review of general ledgers, grant agreements, contracts and other supporting documentation.
Field Review Manager - supervised a Deloitte Field Review Team, performing Quality Assurance Monitoring reviews at housing agencies across the country, assessing obligations, capital expenditures, physical inventory control, compliance with program and cross –cutting policies and compliance with laws and regulations for competitive and stimulus grants funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, as well as regular HUD program funding in accordance with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A-133, Compliance Supplement Addendum #1, and other governing agency regulations and guidance. Field reviews included assessment of allowable and unallowable activities, funds substitution, administrative fees, and ARRA and program- specific compliance reviews.
Grants Improvement Program Implementation Manager - worked with College Summit, a national education non-profit, as part of Deloitte’s National Pro-bono program to implement grants management processes, procedures and best practices, developing training materials and providing technical assistance to staff on federal grant rules and administration, including guidance on all applicable OMB circulars, funding agency regulations, audit readiness, recipient and sub-recipient responsibilities and sub-recipient monitoring.
A-133 Grants Program Improvement Initiative and Audit Remediation Manager - assisted a medical school to remediate and improve their grants processes and systems based on findings and material weaknesses uncovered during the annual A-133 audit. Improvements and recommendations included a complete review of contracting and sub-grantee agreement procedures, and provided recommendations for amendments to existing contracts and grant agreements to bring them into compliance with statutory and administrative requirements as well as established internal procurement and R&D procedures. Worked with school leadership, Principal Investigators (PIs), the medical school legal counsel, finance director and staff to review and improve their knowledge and understanding of grant and cooperative agreement requirements. Other improvements include assistance with general ledger reconciliation, grant management office policies and procedures implementation, recommendations for improvement of performance measurement and metrics tracking, and identifying areas of concern for future A-133 audits. The final deliverable included a complete report of the medical schools as-is processes and a roadmap for future improvements to bring their programs into compliance with funding agency rules, uniform administrative and A-133 requirements. Worked with Deloitte team and school leadership to answer identified findings and areas of concern and implement corrective action plans.
Internal Project – Healthcare Account (Grants) – Managed the marketing, sales and RFP efforts of the Deloitte & Touche LLP Healthcare Grants Management effort. Responsibilities included driving RFP efforts, producing marketing collateral for internal leadership and federal partners, and ensuring that the Grants Healthcare Team was aware and kept abreast of changes in HHS, OMB and other regulations governing healthcare grant programs.
Bankruptcy and Foreclosure Cash Remediation Work Stream Manager - to bring a banking client into compliance with various consent orders, Ms. White worked with a Deloitte team to correct significant data integrity errors on over 25,000 mortgage loans with serious cash application deficiencies. The client faced increased OCC, DOJ, HUD, CFPB and Treasury oversight and mandatory directives to deploy in aggressive timeframes. As these changes included a moratorium for Motion for Relief, Ms. White provided support for assessment, triage and restart of operations, Federal Rules of Bankruptcy process and procedures development and implementation, along with integration of settlement agreement-enforced new mortgage servicing standards. Ms. White coordinated with other work streams to ensure that the solutions did not have negative downstream effects on other remediation efforts or produce borrower harm. Ms. White and her team worked with the client to modify existing technology systems to accommodate the variety of loan products in accordance with new standards, execute major organizational restructuring and implement a control culture.
Grants Manager/Program Director, Neighborhood Development Solutions, Inc., Coral Springs, FL
February 2006 – January 2011
As President of a private consulting firm serving local government agencies in S. Florida, wrote and submitted grant applications and managed federal and state formula funding, including the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG, CDBG-NSP, CDBG-DR and ARRA funding) and Homeless Continuum of Care participation (HOPWA, SHOP, Shelter-Plus-Care). Wrote, submitted and managed HHS, HUD and other grant programs for the local senior center and elder care programs. For CDBG-DR, managed program and project activities for local governments resulting from the 2005 Hurricane Wilma and Rita weather events, providing administrative guidance and project management for housing, infrastructure rebuilding and homebuyer activities. Also wrote grant applications and managed funding for the Energy and Efficiency Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program, Edward J. Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance grants (JAG and ARRA-JAG), Community Oriented Policing grants (COPS and COPS Secure Our Schools), FEMA Assistance to Firefighters and Firefighters Safety Grants, FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and FEMA debris removal funding coordination after disaster declarations, FHWA Transportation Enhancement Program funding, as well as grant and funding sources for all municipal departments in client agencies, including public works projects, building and road construction, drainage projects and park construction projects, and physical inventory control of grant funded equipment. Worked with municipal finance departments to ensure general ledger entries were accurate and sufficient for grant requirements. Assisted grantee efforts to maintain compliance with federal requirements, including allowable costs and cost principles, Davis-Bacon and Labor Standards compliance, relocation regulations, federal procurement standards, oversight and maintenance of data collection and reporting systems, reporting and grant close-out requirements, and meeting timeliness goals and ratios. Developed and provided grant training workshops for governments and non-profits at various local and statewide conferences and meetings.
Grants Manager/Administrator, City of Margate, FL October, 2000 – February 2006
Worked with the City to establish the Grants Management office, need to accommodate the City of Margate’s increase in grant funding. Worked with the City’s finance department to correct and refine general ledger grant accounts to comply with grant administrative requirements, and managed all grant program and project activities for City departments, including the yearly and disaster Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding, HOME funding and Homeless Continuum of Care participation (HOPWA, SHOP, Shelter-Plus-Care). Wrote, submitted and managed HHS, HUD and other grant programs for the local senior center and elder care programs. Also wrote grant applications and managed funding for the Energy and Efficiency Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program, Edward J. Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance grants (JAG and ARRA-JAG), Community Oriented Policing grants (COPS and COPS Secure Our Schools), FEMA Assistance to Firefighters and Firefighters Safety Grants, FEMA debris removal, FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) funding. Managed financial and grant programmatic aspects of public works projects, building and road construction, drainage projects and park construction projects, and physical inventory control of grant funded equipment. Maintained compliance with federal requirements, including allowable costs and cost principles, Davis-Bacon and Labor Standards compliance, relocation regulations, federal procurement standards, oversight and maintenance of data collection and reporting systems, reporting and grant close-out requirements, and meeting timeliness goals and ratios.
Federal Tariff Publisher and Compliance Specialist, Lalandia, Inc., Boca Raton, FL April 1994 – June 2005
Performed Ocean Tariff publishing, Automated Manifest System filing and compliance monitoring for Lalandia, Inc., ensuring that vessel operating and non-vessel operating common carriers comply with all the applicable Code of Federal Regulations guiding ocean shipping and service contracts as governed by the Federal Maritime Commission and Customs and Border Protection.
Masters Coursework, Urban and Regional Planning
Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL, 2001
Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning
Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL, 2000
Certifications and Training
• Certified Grants Management Specialist (CGMS)
• Grants Management Certificate Program – Federal Track, Management Concepts, Inc.
• Certificate Program – Florida International University Development Manager Training Program
• Specialized financial management training for federal and state housing development and housing finance programs
• Environmental Compliance Training
• Davis-Bacon and Labor Standards Training
• Uniform Relocation Act training
• Grant training in programs for Departments of Energy, HHS, HUD, Transportation, Justice, USDA, Homeland Security/FEMA, and various state-level programs
References available upon request