About Us


If you have the opportunity to work with Saltzberg Consulting, do not miss the chance. – David Shegan, Director of VSP of Sinai Hospital (retired)


Elise will steer you in the right direction! – Tricia Rubacky, Vice President for Development at Center on Budget and Policy Priorities


Great to work with! – David Slomkowski, Founder and Executive Director of Athletes Serving Athletes


Elise Saltzberg

Elise has more than 25 years of professional experience in fundraising. She has worked exclusively as a Resource Development Consultant since 2000, with dozens of local, state, and national level clients.

Elise’s areas of expertise include strategic fundraising planning, public and private foundation fundraising, government grants, corporate partnerships, annual campaigns, and major gifts. She specializes in grant-writing, and has written hundreds of grant proposals that were successfully funded. Elise also conducts fundraising and grant seeking trainings for organizations such as Maryland NonprofitsAFP-Maryland, and The Community Foundation for Prince George’s County.

Since 2007, her clients’ ROI (return-on-investment) has averaged more than 14:1 – meaning that, on average, clients have earned $14.25 for every dollar spent on Elise’s services. To put this in perspective, the average, long-term ROI for Saltzberg Consulting clients is more than 3 times the industry average of 4:1. 

Elise holds an MA in psychology from Ball State University and a BA in Psychology from Stony Brook University. She is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE).

Elise is a member of the following organizations:


 And holds the following volunteer positions:



  View Elise’s LinkedIn profile.


Ayala R. Hecht

Ayala provides nonprofit, corporate, and government clients with a versatile range of writing, editing, and strategic services, with a focus on nonprofit groups, urban revitalization, and communications. She specializes in grant-writing and city, state, and federal Requests for Proposals and Requests for Qualifications. Her work combines compelling advocacy with mastery of information, technical data, and issues – presented in plain English.


Ayala holds a JD from New York University School of Law and a BA in The Writing Seminars, from Johns Hopkins University.


View Ayala’s LinkedIn profile.

Monica McCann

Monica has contributed to numerous grant proposals and has experience writing on various public health topics and populations including adolescent health, veterans health, long term care, HIV/AIDS, youth violence prevention, health care access and financing, minority health and health disparities, community and economic development, cultural competency, and international health. 


Monica is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles with a Master of Public Health degree in Health Policy and Management and a MA in African Studies. Monica received a BA in International and Comparative Studies from the University of Miami.

Judy Grusso

Judy has 25 years of experience in fundraising, marketing, organizational development, and nonprofit management.  She has worked with national organizations such as the National Mental Health Association, the Epilepsy Foundation of America, and United Cerebral Palsy, as well as grassroots organizations in Baltimore and Washington, DC.  Judy's fundraising experience spans the gamut from corporate and foundation giving to management of special events to board recruitment and planned giving. 


Judy holds a BA degree from the State University of New York at Oswego and a MBA degree from William and Mary College.

Dawn Edwards

Dawn Edwards has 15+ years of development experience focused on foundation and corporate relations, grant writing and research, grants managements, development planning and budgeting, board development, and organizational capacity building.


Most recently, Dawn served as the Director of Development, Baltimore with the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship where she was charged with re-establishing their funding program and building relationships with funder and community partners.  Dawn also served as Maryland Nonprofits’ chief fundraising officer and held development positions at BoardSource.


Dawn received her MPA in Nonprofit Leadership and Community Development from the University of Delaware and her BA from Mount Saint Mary's University.

Christy Zuccarini

Christy has over 15 years of professional experience in resource development. Her areas of expertise include grant research, writing, and management; strategic planning and organizational capacity building; marketing and communications; annual campaigns; events management; donor database management; and producing creative visual content that demonstrates organizational impact.


Most recently, she served as the Director of Development and Communications for Strong City Baltimore, where she managed all resource development activities and helped grow annual philanthropic revenue from $850,000 to $2.6 million. Christy also served as Deputy Director at the Hampden Family Center, where she assisted with the implementation of a $2 million capital campaign. 


Christy holds an MA in Cultural Anthropology and French Studies from Goucher College and an MA in Community Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art.

Linda Catling

Linda has more than 30 years experience writing and editing for nonprofits and socially responsible businesses. With experience in both marketing and fundraising, she’s contributed to a wide variety of web and print communications on topics that include environmental issues, the arts, business, education, and social welfare. A long-time meditator, she brings clarity and warmth to all her projects. 


Linda holds a BA in English from the University of Vermont.


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