Audra Herrmann-Hayes

Director of Government Grants

Audra Herrmann-Hayes serves as director of government grants for the San Diego Regional Policy & Innovation Center (PIC). A prolific grant writer, Audra brings expertise in federal and state grants, including, but not limited to U.S. Department of Housing, Department of Labor, USAID, Environmental Protection Agency, Economic Development Administration, National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, ESG, Department of Transportation, Department of Justice, California Governor's Office of Emergency Services, CalTrans, and Tribal grants. Audra also adds nearly 20 years of experience creating solutions for nonprofit organizational funding diversification, stability, and program sustainability to the PIC team.

Prior to joining PIC, Audra founded and served as CEO of her own company, Salang Grant Writing and Nonprofit Solutions, where she held an 80% grant procurement success rate while raising millions in funding for clients in 2021. She also previously served as the executive director of Casa, a 501(c)(3) located in a severely underserved community offering therapy, case management, education, outreach, and advocacy, where she managed a 56-grant portfolio and raised an average of $4 million in a calendar year.

Audra is currently pursuing her doctorate in business administration at Capella University, where she also earned her master's degree in psychology. She received her bachelor’s in sociology from the University of California, Riverside.