As the Institutional Giving Manager, Morgan Paden focuses her efforts at Urban Gateways on securing corporate, foundation, and government funding. She specializes in evocative storytelling and strategic grants management for optimal positioning to funders. Prior to Urban Gateways, Morgan worked as the Owner & Principal Writer for Morganite Writing Company. Through Morganite Writing Company she consulted for a variety of nonprofits, businesses, and individuals in grant writing, storytelling, and copywriting. Before relocating to Chicago in 2018, Morgan was immersed in the Los Angeles nonprofit arena, working with organizations focused on foster youth, civic engagement, and homelessness. She received her two bachelors degrees from the University of Southern California, in English (Creative Writing) and Sociology, and views development work as the perfect marriage of her main disciplines. Categorized as an introvert, outside of work Morgan enjoys reading, binge watching Netflix, and spending time with her family. Starting in 2018, she also volunteers with Space Whiskey Animation Studio as their Principal Writer for original material. She is working on her first novel.