Kaitlyn Sands, MBA, MS

Managing Director of Grants and Federal Affairs
  (202) 296-2741 x 1036

Kaitlyn Sands is a Managing Director of Grants and Federal Affairs in the Higher Education Practice at McAllister & Quinn. In this role, Kaitlyn works with college and university clients to plan and manage the delivery of grant-seeking services that focus on securing funding opportunities that support institutional priorities and faculty-initiated research. She brings an extensive background in higher education fundraising and project management.

Before joining McAllister & Quinn, Kaitlyn spent 15 years in development, raising “margin of excellence” funding to support Department of Defense sponsored higher education institutions, including both the United States Military Academy at West Point and the United States Naval Academy. Her most recent role was to structure the first-ever corporate and foundations relations program at the Army War College Foundation in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

Kaitlyn holds an MBA with Technology Management Emphasis from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, an MS in Nonprofit and Association Management from the University of Maryland, University College, and a BA in English with honors from the University of Oklahoma.


  • Corporate Development Officer, Army War College Foundation
  • Associate Director, Annual Giving, US Naval Academy Foundation
  • Planned Giving Officer/Major Gifts Associate, West Point Association of Graduates
  • Captain, US Army


  • Higher Education
  • Nonprofit Management
  • Foundation Relations
  • Project Management


M.S., Nonprofit and Association Management, University of Maryland, University College

M.B.A., Technology Management Emphasis, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs

B.A., English, University of Oklahoma