Management and Program Analyst, U.S. Department of Education
Willette Brown-Fatoyinbo is a lifelong servant of public service and resource development. She shares a genuine passion for connecting organizations with resources that build capacity and sustainability for programs geared to improve how we learn, play and thrive together.
Willette currently serves as Program Manager at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Grants Resource Center (GRC) where she oversees a portfolio of 53 state-level and private institutions located throughout the United States and Guam. She collaborates across teams within federal funding agencies, government relations, sponsored research offices, and philanthropic organizations to maximize access to research and special project funding. Since 2017, Willette has connected GRC members with an estimated $6.8 million in extramural research dollars and facilitated proposal development training to 120 researchers across the nation.
From grantwriting to serving as a thought partner, Willette is unafraid to ask tough questions and creatively problem solve to drive results. Evidence of her ability to build lasting relationships and relevant programs are found within the following organizations: The Greyston Foundation (N.Y.), Child Care Council of Westchester (N.Y.), The Children’s Theatre (N.C.), Work-Family Resource Center (N.C.), and Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area (D.C.). Her unique career path is rooted in meaningful work driven by an internal desire to improve the human condition. Willette holds a M.A. in Arts Administration from Winthrop University and B.A. in Communications from the State University of New York at Buffalo State College. She resides in Maryland with her husband, Bola; two teenagers, Asata and Jobe; and fur baby, Jedi (the doggy master of the universe).