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Lucia Adams

Freelance Writer & Grant Writer

Location:Chicago, Illinois, United States
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Lucia G. Adams
1340 N. Astor Street
Chicago IL 60610

2008 – 2010: Development Director/Grant Writing/Special Events
Society of Architectural Historians, Chicago
Organized gala fundraiser on April 24, 2010 grossing $100K. Initiated educational program for K-12 students to enable learned society to qualify for corporate and foundation grants. National Endowment for the Humanities and Mellon Foundation grants.

2006-2008: Development Associate/Corporate and Foundation Grants
Maryville Academy, Des Plaines, IL
Wrote grants for childcare organization including to the Brach Foundation, the Topfer Foundation, the Visiting Nurses Association Foundation, the United States Golf Association Foundation. Served on benefit committee of Guardian Medallion galas. Wrote Maryville Voice newsletter.

2002-2006: Writer/editor
Manhattan Media Group, New York, NY
Wrote articles on philanthropy, real estate, design, architecture, for AVENUE magazine and several community newspapers. Art reviews of major museum exhibitions. Editor-in-chief of Dish du Jour magazine.

2001-2002: Development Consultant
The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
Researched available federal, state, municipal, corporate and foundation grants for the new museum.

1995-2000: Legislative Aide/Press Officer
Alderman Burton F. Natarus, Chicago City Council
Researched and wrote articles, city ordinances and Council resolutions for member of Chicago City Council. Extensive press coverage obtained. Organized fundraising events. Op-ed articles in Chicago Tribune focusing on landmarks preservation, building, zoning and employment issues. Letters in New York Times.

1991-1994: Marketing Manager/Communications Consultant
Dunbar Furniture Company, The Merchandise Mart
Created a successful strategic marketing campaign during company takeover and relocation. Designed and implemented international architecture and design exhibitions, architecture lecture series, architectural auctions; created corporate association with The Nature Conservancy.

1982-1992: Community Development Planner
Cook County Department of Planning and Development
In response to federal RFP from Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Labor wrote and coordinated housing and employment grants including Project Chance, the Rental Rehabilitation Program and Project Self-Sufficiency then pilot programs. Extensive research in Federal Register. Monitored progress over cycle of grants. On site visits, stewardship reports.

1980-present: Writer
Long bibliography of published articles and commissioned biographies, editor-in-chief of River North News and Spotlight Chicago. Playwright (for further information please inform.)


Board of Directors, Friends of the Chicago Public Library (now the CPL Foundation); Co-chairman, Literary Arts Ball VI with John Kenneth Galbraith

Board of Directors, Concertante di Chicago, wrote successful grant to the MacArthur Foundation; organized special events, press parties, media coverage

Co-chairman , ” Polo for the Prairie 5” for the Illinois Chapter of The Nature Conservancy; organized architectural drawing auction. Benefit Committee “Polo for the Prairie 3.”

Co-chairman, “An Evening with Jacques D’Amboise” for Maria Tallchief’s School of Chicago Ballet at the Racquet Club.

Coordinator, “A Salute to Father Clements” for Frontiers International at the Fairmont Hotel. Special guests: Mike Tyson and Don King.

*Served on countless benefit committee fundraisers; organized press parties; silent and live auctions; created lecture series.


B.A. summa *** laude, English, University of Wisconsin, Madison
M. Phil., University of Leeds, Yorkshire, U.K.
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Grant Writing