Renne Public Policy Group announced that Jake Whitaker has been promoted to Director of Grant Services, effective September 1. With a proven track record of bringing in millions of state and federal dollars for local public agencies, Jake’s unique ability to tell the story of public agencies and nonprofits consistently produces successful, highly competitive grant applications. In this interview, Jake discusses his approach, the firm’s philosophy, and his vision for the future.
One year after its June 2021 launch, Renne Public Policy Group’s (RPPG) nascent grant writing service, helmed by Manager of Grant Writing and Research Jake Whitaker, has worked to secure over $29 million in funding for clients in this first year, including the City of Bakersfield, City of Redwood City, and San Bernardino Community College District.
The Renne Public Policy Group (RPPG) continues to add senior level policy expertise with the addition of Alyssa Silhi, who joins the firm as a Director of Government Affairs. Alyssa brings 15 years of legislative advocacy experience to the firm, having spent the last two years with the California Special District Association (CSDA).
As the demand for criminal justice reform grows, local governments find themselves on the frontlines of these efforts. In response, the state and federal governments are investing historic amounts of discretionary funding into programs that facilitate the adoption of evidence-based practices and the development of new promising practices in the criminal justice space.
With the winter months and the holiday season fast approaching, the state and federal governments are in a “giving” mood. There are plenty of significant funding opportunities for local governments on the near horizon, including funding for fire departments, encampment resolution initiatives, the restoration of public spaces, economic/workforce development, and road safety improvements.
The Legislature has stepped in to formally amend open meeting laws to account for a new reality where a persistent global pandemic and extreme wildfires stoked by climate change create an enduring need to make virtual meetings a more permanent fixture for public meetings in California.
RPPG provides a breakdown of funding opportunities for states and local governments through the U.S. Economic Development Administration that will support economic recovery and resilience in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic.