Jaime Lockwood is a writer and fundraising professional working to support sustainable food systems.
Jaime’s food systems fundraising experience began in 2009 when she was helping to manage programs for a Philadelphia-based non-profit. In particular, she helped to run an urban farm and food justice education program at a large high school. When additional help was needed to secure funding, she stepped in to try her hand at writing grants to support her project. This experience not only exposed her to the world of grant writing, but also to food systems and farming, which have become a passion both personally and professionally.
After moving to San Francisco in 2011, Jaime landed at Summer Search, a highly respected youth development non-profit whose mission is to support low-income high school students to get to and through college. In her role as the Grants Specialist, Jaime was responsible for securing approximately $1M of revenue from foundation funders through grant proposal and report writing and relationship cultivation and stewardship. At Summer Search, she was lucky to work with a stellar team of development professionals who exposed her to the work behind prospect research, budget projections and planning, events management, and donor relations and cultivation. Through working with such a highly experienced and collaborative team, Jaime gained a wide array of key skills crucial to managing diverse revenue streams and activities.
In 2013, Jaime found her way back to a food systems organization and into a broader role as Development Manager for the National Farm to School Network. As the first development professional hired by this small but rapidly growing non-profit, she helped to build strong fundraising systems that made sense for the staff size and capacity, and doubled the revenue for the organization during her tenure. In 2014, she became Development Director for NFSN and was given greater leadership responsibilities within the organization.
In the fall of 2015, Jaime stepped away from working in-house for one organization with the dream of providing her services to small and growing organizations in need of grant writing and development support.
Jaime finds that her experience outside of the non-profit world is also helpful in providing a broader lens to her work. Prior to becoming a development professional, Jaime began her career on Capitol Hill in the office of Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV-Retired) where she gained three years of experience in the political world before attending graduate school. Later she spent four years teaching high school history and religion at a private Quaker school in Philadelphia.
Jaime is originally from rural West Virginia and holds a BA in Politics from Randolph College in Lynchburg, Virginia; an MA in Women’s History from Sarah Lawrence College; and an MA in Politics and Education from Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City.