Shawn Garvey, CEO
Shawn Garvey is the Chief Executive Officer of both The Grant Farm and ThinkTank, a national public affairs and communication firm whose clients include a host of private business clients, national land trust organizations, and national and state political committees and candidates.

Garvey served as the Executive Director of The Sierra Fund for four years, where he coordinated and managed the successful advocacy and communications campaign to pass AB2600, creating a Sierra Nevada Conservancy. He has successfully worked to secure more than $100 million in public and private monies for conservation in the region.

Garvey has been an instrumental participant in securing conservation funds for the Truckee River, the Yuba River, the Feather River, Dry Creek, Mono Lake, Lake Tahoe, the American River, and the Tuolumne River. He has also provided marketing, communications, and fund and organizational development assistance to more than 40 local and regional organizations throughout the Sierras.

During the Clinton administration, Garvey was a Special Projects Representative for the U.S. Department of Agriculture/Rural Development, where he developed and implemented marketing and communication strategies in Northern California and Oregon. He graduated from Boston University with a degree in Finance.

Mark Filimonov, Senior VP
Mark provides project management, writing, and editorial oversight on all of the company’s projects. He also manages day-to-day client relationships and supervises all Grant Farm contractors.  

Mark has a long history of crafting concise, easy-to-understand copy for grant proposals, technical manuals, white papers, magazine articles, websites, and marketing collateral. He specializes in presenting technically complex material in a compelling, benefits-oriented way to non-technical professionals, public officials, and the media.

Since 2003, he has completed projects for more than 50 public and private organizations, including Autodesk, Adobe, Applied Ecological Solutions, North Hill Ventures, Energy Finance Group, Granite Bay Energy, Accu-Logistics, Tribal Consulting Solutions, Ease Entertainment Services, and the University of Kansas. He has directly participated in raising almost $70 million in grants and contracts awarded.

Before embarking on his writing career in 2003, Mark attended Dartmouth College, graduating cum laude with a degree in Russian Language and Literature. Upon graduation, he taught English in Taipei, Taiwan and then moved to Boulder, CO where he ran a successful small business for many years. Mark now lives with his wife and daughter in Grass Valley, a small town in the heart of California's gold country.