Renne Public Policy Group (RPPG), a division of Renne Public Law Group (RPLG), welcomes Maira Durazo as its newest grant writing associate. Maira’s professional track record includes securing millions of dollars in grant funding, with a professional commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion through her work in public service.
“From the moment I first spoke with Maira, it was clear to me that her values and approach align perfectly with what we are building here at RPPG,” said Director of Grant Services Jake Whitaker. “She is honest, intelligent, and thorough. For Maira, it is all about improving the quality of life for the communities that she serves.”
Maira joins RPPG from the City of Redlands, where she served as the City’s sole grants professional. During her tenure, she spearheaded the administration and management of the American Rescue Plan Act funds. Maira also coordinated the public-private grant application for the Department of Housing and Community Development’s Homekey 2 program, which resulted in the largest Homekey Program award to date for a single project in California: $30 million.
She is intimately familiar with municipal government and has experience working with both private and public sector organizations. Her expertise includes public health, housing equity, homeless advocacy, mental health, workforce development, and grant administration for government service delivery. Prior to working with the City of Redlands, Maira helped organize the Inland Empire Regional Planning Unit for the County of Riverside’s Housing, Homelessness Prevention, and Workforce Solutions. In that role, she was an integral part of the inter-agency collaboration that secured millions of dollars in state grant funding toward employment re-entry for the justice-involved, unemployed, and employment skill development for underserved communities throughout the Inland Empire.
“I look forward to hitting the ground running at RPPG and delivering results for the firm’s clients,” said Maira. “I was drawn to this position not only because it aligns with my professional interests and skill sets, but also because I admire RPPG’s dedicated team of staff who are making substantial impacts in the grant writing field.”
Maira holds a master’s degree in public administration from California State University, San Bernardino, as well as two CSU Certificates: one in Nonprofit Leadership and another in Grant Writing and Administration.