The Team


Heather Stevenson, partner

Heather Stevenson has been working in the non-profit sector doing grant writing and fundraising since 1992. She was the development director at Community Environmental Council and Pacific Pride Foundation, and has done grant writing for over 20 organizations. Since 2004 she has been focusing her expertise on health and social services, the arts, and social justice, working for such organizations as Transition House, Pacific Pride Foundation, Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation, Boxtales Theatre Company, Lobero Theatre, Museum of Contemporary Art, and Casa Serena. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Fund for Santa and Pacific Pride Foundation.


Michelle Howard, partner

Michelle Howard has been working in non-profit fundraising, organization development and advocacy since 1992,  with a seven year hiatus as an executive in the software industry.  In addition to leading the Write Team with Heather, her major campaigns include the Public Interest Research Groups, the Democratic National Committee and development work with Wilderness Youth Project. Michelle is an optimizer and a systems-thinker, and particularly enjoys working with organizations to build capacity.


Kelsey Maloney, Junior Partner

Kelsey moved to Santa Barbara from Manhattan Beach, CA to study Global and International Studies at UCSB. She discovered her love of grant writing when she interned as a grant writer for a nonprofit in Chile (Un Techo Para Mi Pais). After graduating, Kelsey joined the development department at Vitamin Angels for several years. She was thrilled to join The Write Team in 2014 and enjoys working with local nonprofit organizations. Kelsey is passionate about sustainability and spending time in the ocean.



Alena Marie, Senior Writer

In addition to her work with The Write Team, Alena Marie is a facilitator and community organizer with thirteen years of experience managing initiatives to dismantle oppression, prevent violence, and promote equity and inclusion. She is a graduate student in Community Development at the University of California, Davis and co-directs Movidas, a social justice consulting team. Before her transition to Northern CA, Alena was involved with Just Communities Central Coast for a decade, where she managed the Initiative for Equity in Education and the Language Justice Initiative. Prior to that, she led Santa Barbara Rape Crisis Center's community mobilizing and youth education efforts to end sexual violence.

We’re always looking for great writers who want to do good. If you have solid writing experience and are interested in the nonprofit sector, please feel free to contact us.
— Michelle and Heather