Meet the Team
We are here to help your non-profit develop the processes and revenue streams you need to execute your mission.
Tricia Smith-Mulder, MBA
Tricia Smith-Mulder's (she/her) early years were in the financial services sector, and during this time, she obtained her Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Grand Valley State University and her Masters of Business Administration from Cornerstone University. However, in 2011 her career took a very different direction, and she found her true calling; working with children and adolescents. This was when Tricia took a director-level administrative job at the Gerald R. Ford Job Corps Center in Grand Rapids where she spent the next 7 years working with disadvantaged youth ages 16-24. It was during this time that she was introduced to grant writing techniques. When Tricia left Job Corps in early 2018, she began to look for her next career, and a chance encounter with a former colleague started this newest adventure.
Lead Researcher and Grant Writer
Luke Carl (he/him) is a newcomer to the non-profit sector but has an extensive professional background. After completing his education at Central Michigan University, Luke spent ten years working as a medical financial consultant, specializing in helping indigent patients secure third-party payments for their medical bills. For the past eight years, he’s been in the role of valuation analysis in the field of real estate. Luke is now proud to bring his wealth of experience in research and writing to River City Grant Writing. He excels in crafting compelling grant proposals and conducting thorough research to support our clients' funding needs. When not working, Luke can be found walking his dog Marshall, coaching youth football and lacrosse, or spending quality time with his wife and two children.
Igneous Consulting, Co-Collaborator
Tiffany Clarke, LMSW
Tiffany Clarke (she/her) is a nonprofit executive with over 12 years of experience in grantmaking, program, and fiscal design/oversight. Tiffany spent 10 years leading a team of 27+ FTEs at a global nonprofit where she successfully increased revenue by securing nearly 40 million dollars. She has a master’s degree in social work and holds both clinical and macro licensure in the State of Michigan. Tiffany has extensive experience serving on funding allocation committees, teaching as an adjunct professor at the graduate level, and advocating for community change by sitting on various system-level committee boards. When not working, Tiffany can be found taking her Labrador on walks, eating sushi, watching her kids in sports, or engaging in home renovation despite her husband’s chagrin.
Who We Are
Committed to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
At River City Grant Writing, we are committed to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in all aspects of our operations. We recognize that our success depends on creating a workplace culture that embraces and values differences and where everyone is treated with respect and fairness. We pledge to foster an environment that is free from discrimination, harassment, and bias. An environment where everyone has an equal opportunity to grow and succeed. We will not tolerate any form of discrimination or prejudice, including but not limited to those based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, disability, or age. We also commit to working only with organizations that share our values of diversity, equity, and inclusion. By partnering with organizations that uphold these principles, we can collectively create a more equitable and just society. We understand that DEI is an ongoing journey, and we are committed to continuous learning and improvement. We welcome feedback and suggestions from our colleagues, employees, customers, and partners on how we can better promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in our workplace and beyond.