Our staff, consultant team, and advisory board include some of the leading fund development professionals in the United States, as well as some of the most forward-thinking technology developers in the world—all focused on the successful deployment of your advanced energy, water, vehicle, and manufacturing technologies and programs.

Shawn Garvey, Chief Executive Officer
Mark Filimonov, Chief Operating Officer

Shawn Garvey, Chief Executive Officer

The story of Shawn’s business development career begins in Westfield, Massachusetts, where, at the age of 14, he founded a Junior Achievement company that manufactured and sold energy efficiency equipment for homes and businesses that ultimately won awards for “Top-Selling Product of the Year.” Thus began a lifelong fascination with developing capital for entrepreneurial organizations.

As co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Grant Farm, Shawn has managed the development of hundreds of award-winning public and private development campaigns for organizations seeking funding for transformative advanced energy, water, transportation and manufacturing projects. He serves as an advisor to several national and global energy and vehicle companies and is a co-founder and immediate past Chair of the Bioenergy Association of California.

Shawn has a passion for the environment, and has been instrumental in developing public and private conservation resources. He founded The Sierra Fund, a non-profit community foundation, and managed the successful campaign to create a new state agency, the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, while successfully raising more than $100 million in public and private monies for permanent protections for the Truckee River, the Yuba River, the Feather River, Mono Lake, and Lake Tahoe.

During the Clinton administration, Shawn served as Special Projects Representative for the US Department of Agriculture/Rural Development, where he managed an evaluation of the $1.2 billion Northwest Economic Adjustment Initiative that provided grants and loans to expand businesses and public infrastructure throughout Northern California.

Shawn also co-founded the successful political consulting firm of SMART Campaigns, which executed research and communication strategies for hundreds of successful candidates for US Senate, House, and Gubernatorial campaigns.

Armed with a bachelor’s degree in finance and economics from Boston University, Shawn left the cold winters of Massachusetts for good. He now lives in Chico, California, where he continues to indulge his passion for new ideas while raising his three children and a Black Labrador with his wife Kimberly.

Mark Filimonov, Chief Technical Officer

Growing up, when Mark wasn’t reading science fiction, he could probably be found in the pool training and racing for his local competitive swim team. Today, life is more complicated, but much remains the same. He still reads a lot, but mostly about science, clean technology, and energy. He only swims for fun now, but still loves to compete—particularly on behalf of Grant Farm’s clientele.

As co-founder and Chief Technical Officer of the Grant Farm, Mark melds rigor and discipline with a burning desire to win grants, incentives, and loans for organizations seeking funding for their advanced energy, water, transportation and manufacturing projects. His proposals have received top ranking in California on many occasions and, collectively, have been awarded well in excess of $100 million from a variety of state and federal organizations.

In day-to-day operations at the Grant Farm, Mark exercises editorial oversight over content and manages the crack team of writers, engineering consultants, and policy experts that the company deploys on its projects.

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

Before working at the Grant Farm, Mark completed writing and editing projects for more than 50 public and private organizations, including Autodesk, Adobe, the University of Kansas, Business Objects, Applied Ecological Solutions, North Hill Ventures, Granite Bay Energy, Accu-Logistics, Tribal Consulting Solutions, and Ease Entertainment Services. His work has appeared in CE News, Professional Surveyor Magazine, and Green Building Community.

Mark graduated from Dartmouth College with a degree in Russian Language and Literature. He lives in the foothills of the Sierra with his wife, Katie, and their son, Henry.