KJ Lucas Matos, MA (she/her/hers)

KJ began her professional life as an academic researcher—successfully pursuing federal funding with fellow investigators in support of public health projects. Over the course of her nearly 20-year fundraising career, KJ has served as a grant writer, planning and development associate, national discretionary grants manager, development director, senior fundraiser and founder of her own consulting firm. She has secured nearly $60 million to date from private and public entities. KJ has an MA in Sociology from Brown University and BA in Sociology from Johns Hopkins University; she is a former Columbia University Child and Family Policy Fellow and American Sociological Association – National Institute of Mental Health Fellow. KJ has held memberships in the Grant Professionals Association and Association of Fundraising Professionals. She has authored peer-reviewed articles in the “Journal of the Grant Professionals Association,” “New Directions for Evaluation,” “Anthropology & Medicine” and “Psychology of Women Quarterly,” among others. KJ has also served as freelance writer of over 150 articles on business, finance and learning topics published via GlobalPost.com, USAToday.com, Chron.com, AZCentral.com and SFGate.com—with a combined viewership of 80 million-plus per month. Her consulting portfolio includes such organizations as 4th Sector Solutions, Association of American Medical Colleges, Carolyn Dorfman Dance, Charles R. Drew Charter School Network, EdisonLearning, Mosaica Education, National REACH Coalition, Purpose Built Communities and The Institute for Family Health.

KJ lives in the historic West Mount Airy neighborhood of Philadelphia—and has had the privilege of being a foster parent.

My favorite thing about this work: I have always been obsessed with creative ways of solving problems. It is both exciting and rewarding to demystify the fundraising process for clients—and make elusive concepts simple. Doing so for organizations that are traversing critical stages of growth and/or serve the marginalized and underrepresented is especially fulfilling.