Crystal Wolf Earns Distinguished Grants Management Credential

Washington, D.C., – July 18, 2022 — Crystal Wolf, a partner in Guidehouse’s Financial Services practice, recently joined the elite group of grants professionals who have earned the Certified Grants Management Specialist (CGMS) credential from the National Grants Management Association (NGMA). Crystal is one of more than 200 grants managers who have earned this prestigious designation.

Crystal has extensive experience supporting large federal agencies at the intersection of public sector and financial services. Crystal is a leader in finance optimization, governance, risk and control, and compliance. She specializes in federal agencies responsible for credit, financial assistance, and disaster recovery programs. Crystal has provided support to the government’s largest loan and grant programs to support families, students, and small businesses across the country. She has also assisted during the country's most trying times over the past 15 years to help our country rise from crises and disasters. Prior to providing advisory services, Crystal was a financial statement auditor for large government agencies and brings this background to advise her clients in the areas of audit readiness/remediation and accounting support.

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To obtain the CGMS credential, individuals must meet all eligibility requirements and demonstrate proficiency in grants management by passing the CGMS examination. The CGMS is a rigorous examination that provides a mechanism to measure judgment, application of knowledge, and problem-solving abilities in the full life cycle of grants management. It is comprised of questions in the following knowledge domains: General Grants Management Knowledge, Pre-Award Activities, Award Activities, Post-Award Activities, and Audit/Closeout Requirements.

“The Certified Grants Management Specialist program gives individuals access to a high-standard credential which recognizes their experience, competency, and professionalism in the field of grants management,” said NGMA Executive Director Andrew S. Goldschmidt, CAE. “I applaud all of the grants management professionals who have earned the Certified Grants Management Specialist credential and encourage other eligible grants managers to apply for the opportunity to earn this prestigious credential.”

“This is the first step in establishing a grants competency framework which the industry has long needed. Crystal’s dedication in pursuing the CGMS certification illustrates her desire to improve the grants management process and improve the skill set of industry resources,” said Guidehouse Partner Sherlonda Goode-Jones, head of Public Sector Financial Service.

About NGMA

Since 1978, the National Grants Management Association has been providing national and international leadership, helping its members achieve success in the grants management community through the advocacy of best practices and the promotion of professional excellence. To learn more about NGMA, visit

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