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Brad Zerbe


Brad with the president of the Navajo Code Talkers Association at a Marine Corps event held at the Heard Native American Museum in Phoenix, Arizona.

The Navajo Code Talkers won eight Congressional Medals of Honor and were given credit for making a decisive contribution to key battles in the Pacific during WW II.

Brad’s Grandfather negotiated the Treaty on Okinawa and the Treaty on Japan, and Brad lived with him in the U.S. Ambassador’s residence in Tokyo.

Brad's Story

Brad Zerbe has over thirty years of experience in grant writing and business consulting. He manages a team of grant writers with various specialties located throughout the U.S.


​He has also implemented and managed grant projects, graded grants in national competitions, and served as Chairman of the Board and CEO of nonprofit organizations. He is a writer with experience in press releases, op-ed pieces, speeches, white papers, legislation, websites, presentations, reports, studies, business plans, Private Placement Memorandums, strategic information technology plans, and grants.


​Brad is the former director of communications for the state of Arizona’s IT agency, and Arizona State University’s education technology think tank. He authored, drafted and edited major documents such as the legislatively required Arizona Statewide Strategic Information Technology (IT) Plan. He helped pass legislation creating the state's E-Rate Program for K-12 education technology, and managed this program, increasing federal E-Rate funding for Arizona's K-12 schools.


Brad is one of five people who wrote the state's successful $6.3 million federal broadband planning and mapping grant. He served as one of two staffers who coordinated the evaluation of over 100 federal broadband grants on behalf of the Governor. Arizona entities won $75 million in federal broadband funding including, Native American tribes and private companies.


He drafted the Digital Arizona Council’s 189-page broadband plan under a federal grant, and served as a volunteer co-chair for the education task force on this initiative, and coordinated the statewide Arizona broadband outreach program.


​Brad wrote three winning corporate foundation grants for a nonprofit organization to fund Arizona STEM initiatives for rural Native American high schools, and urban minority middle schools. He wrote four of ten winning Arizona school safety technology grants out of a pool of 153 applicants. Brad helped pass state legislation to fund $3 million in education technology grants. He helped write two of the six winning technology grants, and helped write the grant that finished seventh in this competition. Brad also found alternative corporate foundation funding for this project that is now approaching $4 million.


Brad co-authored a winning federal USDA grant on rural broadband availability. Under this grant, he researched and wrote a broadband study for the federal government, which included the availability of broadband for rural and so-called remote rural schools in Arizona.


Brad wrote an Arizona company’s winning Request for Proposal (RFP) for a five-year Arizona government contract for audio-visual services that was awarded in every category.


In business, he wrote a $50 million Private Placement Memorandum (PPM) for an Arizona real estate company, and a $5 million PPM for an Arizona software company specializing in currency trading, including so-called cryptocurrencies. Brad also co-authored a book on passing the U.S. citizenship test, American history and civics.


In projects outside of Arizona, Brad wrote an $8.6 million transportation infrastructure grant for a fourteen-county coalition, a $5 million city water infrastructure loan application, and a California Energy Commission microgrid grant for electric bus multi-regional transportation network - $5.0M - total project over $15M - scored first in the competition.

In 2017, Brad was part of a team that wrote a Pennsylvania state licensing application that graded third out of some five hundred applications, and twenty-five licenses were awarded. Brad did grant research for a Virginia based company that develops software for driverless vehicles; grant research and a white paper for a Texas company developing on-site 3D printing for the construction industry utilizing a 150-foot robot arm; grant research and white paper for a Silicon Valley company that develops energy storage technology, and grant research for a New York and Israeli dual headquartered company with software for investment banking analysis in collateralized securities for renewable energy projects.


Brad wrote the first grant ever funded by a federal United Way for the purpose of animal rescue.


He is the former political director for the nation's largest PAC, and finance director for the chairman of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee. Brad has worked for three of the nation's five largest financial institutions in securities and banking compliance. In college, he competed in debate, finishing second in the nation, and won his school's highest scholarship for leadership. His business partner has developed and financed over $1.2 billion in real estate over the past three decades.

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