Amy Carey

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

Amy Carey is a Director of Grants and Federal Affairs for the firm’s Higher Education Practice. She draws on broad experience of higher education as a grant writer, project manager, and non-profit fundraising professional. Currently, she works with college and university clients to strategically identify and plan for federal and foundation grant opportunities that align with their priorities and goals.

Prior to joining McAllister & Quinn, Amy worked in the nonprofit sector for 13 years in a variety of roles. Most recently, Amy was the Director of Institutional Budgets at Siena Heights University (SHU) and provided primary support in the preparation of the annual operating budget and associated budgets, as well as managing monthly and annual accounting tasks. Prior to being promoted to Director of Institutional Budgets, Amy was the University Grant Writer and oversaw the university’s federal and foundation grant strategy. She worked with faculty on numerous significant federal and foundation awards, including NSF, DoED, HRSA, NEH, and DOJ, and has been instrumental in securing more than $11.6 million in funding to the university. During her time there, SHU was a client of McAllister & Quinn and was awarded its first federal grants beyond their long-standing TRIO programs. She also designed and implemented grant management policies and procedures to support the proposal and award management, developed the university’s first-ever grants handbook, which includes new policies in accordance with OMB and funder guidelines to maintain university grant compliance, initiated and assisted with the renegotiation of the university’s federal indirect cost rate, and was recently awarded the university’s first $1 million Congressionally Directed Community Projects funding.

In addition to fundraising and grants management, Amy has experience planning events and policy development. Amy was a vital member of the Advancement Office and worked closely with the VP Of Advancement and Associate VP of Advancement and Alumni Relations on annual fundraising and Alumni events. Before SHU, Amy was responsible for post-award efforts as an ETV Chafee Specialist at Samaritas, a non-profit organization in Jackson, MI, where she worked with college students to provide financial and community resources to youth who were in foster care.  Additionally, Amy has vast experience developing and providing training in accordance with company and state regulations to diverse populations on a range of topics.


  • Director of Institutional Budgets, Siena Heights University
  • University Grant Writer, Siena Heights University
  • ETV Chafee Specialist, Samaritas


  • Higher Education
  • Foundation, Company, and Federal Grants
  • Grant Writing
  • Pre- and Post-Award grant management
  • Donor Relations
  • Nonprofits


B.A., Siena Heights University