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Sandy Smolnicky, M.A. ’85

Categories: Alums in the World

What do you do?

As a newly appointed Grants Officer for our county, I review and track all potential and incoming operating grants and grant agreements county-wide. With the Finance and Budget Offices, I maintain a database of grants sought by and awarded to county departments and offices. I offer seminars in grants management best practices, monitor the county’s compliance with grant agreements terms and conditions required by grantors, including those who have sub-recipients; and, identifies strategic un-funded needs of the county.

How did Union prepare you for this?

In order to do justice, we must take action, preferably in a political arena. The struggle is real. We show others hope and fight for solutions, no matter what.

What is the best thing about your job?

I have a direct impact on real human needs every day on by making systemic change in the way funding is managed in our departments and offices.

How have stayed connected to Union?

I have stayed connected through social media and occasional meetings with former alum.

What would you say to someone considering going to Union?

Union is the best choice!

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