hs_alan-paulAlan Paul

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Alan is President and Managing Partner — he provides consulting, training, and proposal services. Contact him regarding general inquiries. Alan focuses on university, K-14, and NGO clients (especially faith-based organizations).

Alan has consulted for school districts, health care organizations, law enforcement agencies and faith-based organization. His past projects include program design and evaluation for university institutes and centers; startup business planning for NGOs; board retreats for government and NGOs; policy analysis for state government; municipal economic development planning; and executive education for government and military agencies.

Alan was born in NYC, grew up in rural Arizona, attended the University of Wisconsin and now resides in Los Angeles. Trained as a geographer and economist, his emphasis on applying theory to real problems puts his work squarely in the field of community development. After a 25-year hiatus, he has returned to school for a doctoral degree.

hs_richard-huntRichard Hunt

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Richard Hunt is a PhD candidate in English at UCR. He received a BA (2004) and MA (2006) in Literature and Writing Studies from California State University, San Marcos, where he was also involved in administering and writing grants for Center ARTES, the campus’ innovative arts education outreach initiative. His current research investigates the politics and processes of listening in US literature, pop culture, and public and political discourse. Richard has been teaching writing since 2005, and served as a co-editor of The Eaton Journal of Archival Research in Science Fiction from Fall 2013 through Spring 2015. He’s also served as Lead Consultant at UCR’s Graduate Writing Center since summer 2014, where he conducts one-on-one writing consultations, leads workshops on a variety of topics, and helps with program development, implementation, and assessment. When he’s not writing his dissertation or attempting to stream the entire Netflix catalog, he enjoys reading poetry, science fiction, satire, and books about writing.

hs_patrick-ryanPatrick Ryan

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Patrick is an associate. He provides editing, writing, and training services for all clients.

Patrick Ryan is a PhD candidate in philosophy at UC Riverside, studying the historical development of philosophy and cognitive neuroscience. He also works on foundational issues in logic and mathematics. Patrick teaches philosophy at Cal State Fullerton and Fullerton College.

Patrick has extensive experience as a writing teacher and coach. He learned the nuts and bolts of writing as a grammar and composition teacher and developed a deep understanding of the art and science of persuasion by teaching critical thinking courses. Patrick joined Giant Angstrom after serving as a writing consultant at UCR’s Graduate Writing Resource Center, where he helped his clients produce compelling, polished grant applications, cover letters, proposals, and essays.

Patrick’s work at Giant Angstrom focuses on crafting storyboards for proposals and other strategic communications, and editing and polishing drafts into things of grace.

hs_michele-vachonMichele Vachon

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Michele is a senior partner — she provides consulting, training, and proposal services. Michele specializes in university clients, public-private partnerships, and for-profit companies.

Michele has more than 15 years of experience in municipal and regional planning and real estate development. She is nationally recognized EPA brownfield assessment grant writer; in this role, she often serves as a liaison between government, business, and non-profit communities. Michele specializes in identifying both short and long-range funding opportunities for private and public organizations. She is an expert in public outreach and engagement management, strategic planning, and grant coaching, and has helped many communities identify funding sources for their redevelopment projects. Michele has written proposals that raised more than $40 million for biomass, bioenergy, and community development projects.

She earned a BA from the University of Michigan and a MS from the University of Idaho in Environmental Science & Planning, and is currently completing her doctorate in Geography at the University of Idaho. Her work addresses community revitalization through affordable housing, recreational tourism, regional food systems, and economic revitalization of brownfield sites. She also directs the service learning program for graduate students in bioregional planning.

Michele is a graduate of the NW Community Development Institute. She is actively involved in mentoring the Students for Place-based Planning & Community Design organization, a member of the Association of American Geographers and the Idaho Chapter of the American Planning Association.

When not traveling for work or fun, Michele can be found in her garden, a neighborhood CSA that provides fresh veggies for five families.

hs_doreen-mattinglyDoreen Mattingly

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Doreen is a senior associate. She provides evaluation services for university, government, K-14, and NGO clients.

Doreen Mattingly holds a PhD in Geography and is an Associate Professor of Women’s Studies at San Diego State University (SDSU). She regularly teaches courses on Research Methods, Women’s Work, Sex, Power, and Politics, Women in International Development, and International Women’s Movements, and directs travel study trips exploring women’s lives in Asia, Latin America, and Europe.

Doreen serves as the evaluator for US Department of Education programs at SDSU, the University of California (San Diego and UCLA), and Southwestern College. She has also been an external evaluator for public health programs in the San Diego region, including First 5 Healthy Development Services.

Her academic publications span a range of topics, including economic development, immigration, urban politics, feminist research methods, women’s activism and parent participation in public schools. She is the co-editor (with Ellen Hansen) of Women and Change at the US-Mexico Border: Mobility, Labor, and Activism (University of Arizona, 2006). She is currently working on a biography of Midge Costanza, Assistant to President Carter.

hs_cathy-cotterCathy Cotter

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Cathy is a senior associate at Giant Angstrom. She is also President/Founder of Green2Green Consulting, where she advises on energy efficiency and renewable improvements, and develops proposals to fund these initiatives. She works with for-profit, government, education and NGO clients.

An expert in grant development and writing for clients seeking to improve energy efficiency, Cathy has a proven track record of finding and securing funding. She maintains strong relationships with many private and public funders across the country. Cathy also brings access her personal network of independent specialists to Giant Angstrom.

hs_ben-paulBen Wang

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Ben is Director of Business Development. He also works with clients who need to develop brand identity and strategic communications.

Ben is recently back in Los Angeles from Shanghai, where he worked in advertising to help international clients reposition themselves in China. He has experience helping a diverse set of clientele take advantage of the growing Chinese market.

Holding a degree in Cultural Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley, Ben understands the importance of effective communications in an increasingly inter-connected world. He believes the Brand and Brand Culture are a company’s most valuable assets, which must be carefully maintained throughout the communication process.

 Arielle Nissenblatt

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Arielle is Communications and Marketing Coordinator. She also works in the podcasting industry. Arielle is new to Los Angeles, having grown up in New York and then living in Mississippi, where she worked as an education consultant.

Holding a degree in Geography from Binghamton University, Arielle understands the importance of demographic and census data, and how they affect everyday issues in today’s age.