Alexis Pangborn

Director of Grants and Federal Affairs
  (202) 296-2741

As a Director in the Higher Education practice, Alexis works with clients to identify Federal and foundation grant opportunities, guides faculty and staff through the proposal development process, and delivers competitive proposals in collaboration with a team of grant writing professionals and content experts. Alexis brings to this role extensive experience in higher education, grant writing, and grants consulting. Over the last 16 years, she has helped nonprofits and institutions of higher education win more than $30 million in grant awards from government, foundation, and corporate grantors.

Prior to joining McAllister & Quinn as a staff member, Alexis was an active member of McAllister & Quinn’s grant writer network. For seven years, she collaborated with McAllister & Quinn directors and clients to write and review competitive proposals, a large number of which resulted in funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Endowment of the Humanities (NEH), Department of Justice (DOJ), Davis Educational Foundation, Mabee Foundation, and other grantors. Some of these awards have been “firsts” and proven transformational for clients and their constituencies. Formerly, Alexis served as Development Grant Writer and later Assistant Director of Foundation Relations for St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. At St. Edward’s, she managed a portfolio of corporate and foundation funders and prepared a variety of capital, program, and scholarship requests. She began her professional grants career as Grants Manager for Communities in Schools of Central Texas. Alexis earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degree in English from the University of Texas at San Antonio.


  • Grant Writer and Reviewer, McAllister & Quinn’s Grant Writer Network
  • Independent Grants Consultant
  • Assistant Director of Foundation Relations, St. Edward’s University, Austin, TX
  • Grants Manager, Communities in Schools of Central Texas, Austin, TX


  • Higher Education
  • Nonprofits
  • Foundation, Corporate, and Federal Grants
  • Literary and Performing Arts


  • B.A. and M.A. in English, The University of Texas at San Antonio