East Central Intergovernmental Association

A regional response to local needs

7600 Commerce Park
Dubuque, IA 52002
800-942-4648 (Iowa Only)


Meet the Team

Marla Quinn   Jennifer Walker

Marla Quinn
Grants and Development Coordinator


Jennifer Walker
Development Coordinator

and Consultant


Marla Quinn has successfully secured Federal, State, and Local grants, for cities, library associations, elementary schools, and other community groups over the past 12 years, totaling over $18 million. Marla has an eye for detail when it comes to weeding through Federal and other application packages as well as producing concise and tight narratives. Marla meets deadlines and uses her creative writing skills to convey a story to grant reviewers. Marla also loves to dig in and review and edit grant applications to create a clean and understandable final product.


Jennifer Walker has an accomplished career in project management and fundraising for more than 20 years. Jennifer has worked for America West Airlines, Clarke University and LexisNexis as well as an independent fundraising consultant. Eight years ago she joined ECIA as a Project Coordinator and Fundraising Consultant. Jennifer has led capital campaigns from feasibility studies and board development through construction and grand openings. She has worked with a variety of clients to steer campaigns based on individual needs. Her work at ECIA has focused on grassroots fundraising projects – guiding campaigns with little or no staff. Jennifer has also taught courses on “making the ask” and has worked as an independent consultant for grant writing and prospect research. She has worked in every cycle of a campaign. Jennifer has a practical business approach combined with a special interest in building donor relations.


"We began the process of a feasibility study with Jennifer Walker to raise funds for a library building. We were on the fast track to secure funds for a CAT Grant Application. Jennifer assisted the city by preparing grants, contacting private donors and coordinating volunteers for our fund raising campaign. The project would not have gotten off the ground without the help of Jennifer and the staff at ECIA."

- Beth Bonz
City of Asbury, City Administrator

"We received a bequest of $116,000 and we began moving forward with plans to replace our library building. We had been meeting for 18 months, selecting an architect and choosing a building plan. We were struggling to raise funds to move forward with grant applications. Jennifer visited with the committee and then she did a feasibility study of potential donors. She definitely got us on the right path to the next phase of fundraising."
- Arlene Krafock
Clarence Library Building Committee

“As Mayor, and a representative  of the Manchester City Council, we have had the opportunity to work with Marla on several occasions. Marla was instrumental in helping the city to secure a $300,000 Community Attraction and Tourism (CAT) Grant for the development of the Manchester Whitewater Park, as well as a $100,000 Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP) Grant for Phase 1 of the Manchester Downtown Development Plan. Both of these grants are extremely competitive. Marla demonstrated excellent research, technical, and organizational skills. Her ability to familiarize herself with the City’s goals and vision for each project was impeccable. Marla was able to successfully manage the grant proposals, each with its own distinctive moving parts and pieces, keeping them on schedule with excellent quality standards. With her assistance, she was able to make a significant impact in our community and inevitably helped to make the City’s vision a reality.”  

- Milt L. Kramer

Manchester Mayor