Jayme A. Sokolow was born and raised in Perth Amboy, New Jersey. He received his bachelor’s degree in Social Studies Secondary Education from Trenton State Teachers College and his master’s and doctoral degrees from New York University in History. Until 1989, he taught on the secondary and university levels in New York City, Texas, Washington, DC, and Maryland, and served as a Senior Program Officer in the Division of Education Programs at the National Endowment for the Humanities. At the Endowment, Dr. Sokolow received two special federal awards for his work in grant programs.

In 1991, Dr. Sokolow founded The Development Source, Inc., a Washington, DC metropolitan area company that helps businesses and nonprofit organizations develop proposals and fundraising campaigns. Over the last five years, he has been involved in development efforts of over $50 billion. To visit the Development Source’s Web site, go to

He is a member of the Association of Proposal Management Professionals, American Association of Grant Professionals, and the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Work with Businesses

Dr. Sokolow has helped companies develop proposals to federal, state, and local agencies in a wide variety of fields, including information technology, energy, health and medicine, logistics, and services to the military. The Development Source has managed and helped write winning proposals ranging in size from $50,000 to more than $1 billion.

Business Publications, Presentations, and Awards

Dr. Sokolow has written over a dozen articles in such publications as Entrepreneur magazine, Washington Business Journal, Digital Communities, Journal of the American Association of Grant Professionals, and Proposal Management, and has given numerous workshops on proposal development at the US Small Business Administration, Howard University, National Council of Women Business Owners, and other venues.

He is the Assistant Managing Editor and Chair of the Editorial Advisory Board of Proposal Management, the journal of the Association of Proposal Management Professionals.

In 2001, Dr. Sokolow received the Association of Proposal Management Professionals’ Vision Award for his contributions to the proposal profession. In 2003, he received the Association of Proposal Management Professionals’ Fellows Award.

In 2004, he received a certificate of achievement from IBM Global Services in recognition of his “outstanding contributions” to IBM’s proposal development.

In 2007, he was named a Senior Fellow of The Performance Institute, a private, nonpartisan think tank that promotes improved government results through the principles of performance and accountability.

In 2009, The Development Source received the 2009 Best of Silver Spring Award in the Job Training & Related Services category by the U.S. Commerce Association. This award recognizes “local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community.”

Work with Nonprofit Organizations

Dr. Sokolow has managed and written grant proposals on a wide variety of topics to many federal and state agencies. He also has developed proposals to over 200 foundations, corporate giving sources, and individual donors. Funding sources have included the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Mellon Foundation, AFL-CIO, and the Lilly Endowment. The Development Source has managed and helped write grant proposals ranging in size from $20,000 to $1 billion.

History Publications

Since 1976, Dr. Sokolow has published articles in refereed journals in nineteenth-century American and European history. He also is the author of three books on American and New World history. The most recent one appeared in 2009.

Civic Affairs

Dr. Sokolow is an active volunteer in the nonprofit sector. He has served on nonprofit boards, including a foundation, and has been the president of two nonprofit organizations.

Outside Interests

In his spare time, Dr. Sokolow enjoys playing Renaissance and Baroque music on recorders and krumhorns; jogging and hiking in the Washington, DC area and trekking in the Himalayas; playing soccer; reading; and traveling abroad. His favorite places to visit are Nepal and Latvia.