As Director of Development, Annemieke Farrow oversees Small Business Majority’s grant writing department, researching, writing and reporting on grants that support Small Business Majority’s work. She has a background as a freelance writer and copy editor, and joins Small Business Majority from the foundation realm. Most recently, she worked as the Community Impact Fellow for the Sacramento Region Community Foundation, where she researched new opportunities for grantmaking and supported multiple strategic initiatives. One new initiative worked to increase college completion for underrepresented students in the Sacramento area; Annemieke assisted with program logistics, event planning and the development of assessment protocols. She also supported the Foundation’s capacity-building initiative for local nonprofits, providing direct support for nonprofit staff while also collecting and analyzing data to assess program effectiveness and participant learning outcomes.
Before moving to Sacramento in 2015, Annemieke worked for the spcaLA as a Humane Educator, facilitating violence-prevention programs for middle- and high-school students. She also co-created jTLC, an empathy-development program for juvenile offenders. jTLC remains the only court-mandated program in the country for juvenile animal cruelty and violent offenders.
Annemieke holds a Master of Science in Community Development from U.C. Davis, where she studied community engagement techniques and the importance of community-based initiatives to support lasting change. Her thesis used the lens of youth empowerment to explore how participation in a youth-led philanthropy program impacted the program’s high-school-aged board members.