Joseph Tomaras, Grants Manager

Joseph Tomaras serves GOSO as Grants Manager. They joined GOSO with eighteen years of cumulative experience in grant development and administration, from a career in higher education and independent consulting. While they served institutions of higher education as a grants generalist capable of supporting efforts in all realms of inquiry and human endeavor, they are particularly proud of results that supported efforts that are led by and partner with members of social groups that have been historically excluded from full democratic participation. These include securing the first rounds of major funding for the Diverse BookFinder Project, a resource for identifying and cataloging children’s picture books featuring people of color, and the Tuyuryaq Project, a research sovereignty initiative partnering with the Yupiit people of Alaska.

Coming from this professional background, Joseph has concluded that program development and the stewardship of funding go best when all partners feel safe and empowered to bring the intersection of their full selves and lived experiences equitably to the table. They graduated with a BA in Philosophy from the State University of New York – Binghamton, and in addition to professional publications and presentations, have been published as a writer and translator of fiction, essays, and poetry.