Who Is Marley?

Marley is a...
  • Freelance Writer
  • Grant Proposal Researcher, Writer, Reviewer and Trainer
  • Business Development Strategist
  • Non-Profit Fund Development Strategist and Consultant
  • Business Vision Coach and Mentor…

Marlynne Powell (Also Known as ‘Marley’) is a lot of things to a lot of people. She is a freelance writer extraordinaire and author of several writings of just about any genre and an all around lover anything that involve pen to paper – well maybe now-a-days fingers to laptop with Word installed! 

Her specialty is definitely grants and non-profit business consulting – which entails everything from grant writing and non-profit communications and marketing, but also high level schmoozing that results in an invitation to write a proposal for payment!

Even though this has paid the bills for years – decades really – Marley is also an accomplished researcher and writer of academic journals and magazine articles, as well as several reports.

As a result, Marley is often called upon to assist other fledgling and established businesses with a variety of business guidance, which has resulted in her current position as a Non-profit Fund Development Consultant and Business Vision Coach.

Marley loves to assist with a variety of business strategies with the goal of helping new and established businesses thrive.

Marley has a particular passion in providing business consulting services for under-served leaders (i.e. women, minorities, and grassroots non-profits), as well as any person with an entrepreneurial spirit!

If you’re further intrigued, please read my Bio below! 

Marlynne Powell, Career Biography 

Marlynne Powell currently works as a Non-Profit Development and Grants Consultant. She has earned a Master’s in Urban Planning (M.U.P.) from Wayne State University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of California, Davis. She has spent the last fifteen years of her career working for various non-profit agencies and major universities in the development of programs, management of fundraising for these programs, as well as researching and writing corporate, private foundation, and federal grant proposals with success. Overall, her proposal writing expertise has helped bring in over $5 million.

Her experiences working as a Research Assistant in the Wayne State University Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP) received positive peer recognition which resulted in several lecture and presentation opportunities for various organizations including, the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP), International City/County Management Association (ICMA), the Urban Affairs Association (UAA), and the American Planning Association (APA), to name a few. Moreover, Marlynne’s academic and research excellence awarded her a number of honors, including the 2008 American Planning Association’s Judith McManus Price Award. In 2009 she received the Wayne State University DUSP Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) Cool Cities Fellowship and served in a Teaching Assistant capacity for an undergraduate class and led the lecture on grant proposal writing. In 2010 Marlynne was specially selected to serve as a Chairperson for a Grant Proposal Review Panel within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Children and Family Services, 
Office of Community Services.

For over five years, Marlynne has provided her expertise to several local, regional, and national-focused Healthcare and Human Services, Educational, Social Services, Arts, and Community Development agencies, successfully performing a number of fund development duties, including grant prospecting and writing, after grant reporting, private foundation and corporate relationship building for funding and resources procurement, communications and marketing, and public relations, in addition to serving as a government grant process manager.

The following list provides a snippet of successful grant funding and corporate sponsorships Marlynne has acquired for non-profit organizations over the years:

  • The Annenberg Foundation
  • The California Endowment
  • California Community Foundation
  • California Dept. of Corrections and Rehabilitation
  • ChevronTexaco
  • City of Los Angeles, Department of Aging
  • Contra Costa County, CA
  • East Bay Community Foundation
  • Entertainment Industry Foundation
  • Ford Motor Company Fund
  • Hedge Funds Cares
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Rite Aid Foundation
  • San Pablo, CA Community Foundation
  • Southern California Gas Co.
  • Toyota Motor Sales, USA
  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
  • The Weingart Foundation
If you're interested in Marley providing any Non-Profit Fund Development Strategies or Conducting a Grants Training session for you or your organization, feel free to email her at: marleywrites@gmail.com. Please place 'Nonprofit Consulting Inquiry' in the Subject Line, and she will return your email promptly!