JMA client serving Minnesota veterans receives $2,750 in Walmart Community grants.

Ecolab awards $30,000 to JMA client training youth/young adults for IT careers in St. Paul.

JMA secures $275,000 from DEED Pathways to Prosperity for client training adults for IT careers.

JMA secures a $10,000 grant from Richard Schulze Family Foundation for a Charter School in Minneapolis.

The Schulze Family Foundation awards $10,000 to JMA client in IT workforce training for at-risk youth and minority communities in the Twin Cities area.

JMA client bridging career equity gaps through IT training awarded $20,000 from Travelers Foundation.

JMA client providing environmental protection and education was awarded $5,000 from the Poehler Stremel Charitable Trust.

MDVA awards $20,000 to JMA client serving Minnesota veterans.

JMA secures a $5,000 award from the Walser Foundation for client providing educational scholarships to minority students.

JMA client serving Minnesota veterans receives $5,000 from Frances Curran.

Otto Bremer Trust awards $25,000 to JMA client providing mental health and wrap around services to East Africans in the Twin Cities.

Kate Svitavsky: Project/Grant Manager Spotlight

With a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration and Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and a master’s in Public Policy from the University of Minnesota, Kate has a passion for public service. Kate’s past experiences include supporting small business owners at the City of Minneapolis, working with families and children experiencing homelessness at People Serving People, and serving on the City Council in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Kate is especially interested in writing government grants on behalf of nonprofits and municipalities: during her time working with the Red Lake River Corridor in Northwest Minnesota, she wrote a state grant resulting in $2.2 million in investment in parks and recreation infrastructure. In her spare time, Kate loves to spend time outdoors – taking advantage of Minnesota and Wisconsin’s beautiful waterways to kayak and canoe, as well as bike as much as she can in our limited spring and summer.

Spotlight Interview

Briefly describe what you do in a day

“Whatever slides across my desk is the short answer. The long answer is some of my time is spent writing grants, a portion on researching grants, but I would say most of my day involves management of projects. I make sure that processes are running smoothly, that we all are aware of every assignment’s status and how they fit into the larger landscape of deadlines. A lot of what I do is managing the process and make sure that people have enough to do without feeling overwhelmed. I enjoy being responsible for the writer meetings because it provides an opportunity to connect and see how we are doing collectively. There we can move things around if we need to and ensure the team is functioning well.”

How long have you been with JMA?

“I started in November of 2018.”

What is the best part of your job?

“When I think about a job, I think about the different parts to it such as the work, the culture, and the environment. For me, the best part of any job are the people that I work with. At JMA, there are a lot of really brilliant people from a lot of very different backgrounds. Everyone here has passion and are excited to do the work. I also appreciate that our clients are amazing and are make a difference, which adds to my drive to do my job.”

What is your proudest moment at JMA?

“The things I am most proud of are the things that have been the most collaborative. I can think of one project where we had to write a federal grant under a tight timeline. Even though we had limited time and information, I am proud of the end product. I was looking at the grant the other day, and it really turned out well. I remember being so stressed and having so much work to do, but I am proud because it was big project done with a lot of support from the JMA team. We ended up with an amazing product.”

What are three words to describe yourself?

“Creative, Curious, and Positive”

How do you define success?

“I am successful in places where I am making a difference using my brain. I feel that so many people in my life have really invested in me. It compels me to give back or bring other people up with me. I am successful when I am contributing.”

What is the best meal you’ve ever had?

“When I was in college, I traveled to Budapest. It was the middle of January and extremely cold. We were walking 15 miles a day on average and only eating snacks. It was 8pm and I remember being so exhausted, freezing, and hungry. We had a Hungarian goulash, which most people associate with a noodle dish, but there it is a hearty, warm stew. It definitely was the best meal I have ever had.”