Eric has over 15 years of development experience, working with a plethora of nonprofits. He comes to Elevate after serving as the Director of Development for GID Consulting where he oversaw all stages of grants for the organization. Combined, Eric has helped his clients raise over $10 million in private and federal funding. Prior to his time at GID, Eric served as the Director of Development at California Baptist University, where he worked primarily with the athletics department, helping to raise over $3 million for the unit. Eric has also spent time in fundraising and grant writing roles at the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles, The Posse Foundation, Playworks Southern California, Culver-Palms and Westchester Family YMCA, Hoops for Kids International, Voice for Asian Elephants Society, Sarcoma Alliance, Feminist Frequency, and Kids Enjoy Exercise Now. Eric has a passion for working with nonprofit leaders providing a philanthropic lens that helps “elevate” their ability to identify resources for their organizations.
In an effort to enhance his understanding of education, Eric earned a doctorate degree in Educational Leadership from California State University, Fresno in May 2022. He has also served on several Board of Directors and volunteers frequently for various organizations.
In Eric’s free time, you can find him spending time with his 4 beautiful children and wife.
Sellus Wilder has spent years helping various nonprofits expand their capacities to impact meaningful social change. Sellus graduated from Beloit College in Wisconsin, and initially applied his directing degree to film and video production. He created a documentary about the grassroots defeat of a hazardous fracking pipeline (The End Of The Line) that won numerous national awards, and that has been used as an organizing tool by nonprofits and grassroots efforts across the Eastern United States. Organizing and activism inspired him to refocus his career on social change, and Wilder’s work has been committed for many years to values of social, racial, economic and environmental justice.
Sellus has served as the founding director of the Kentucky Civic Engagement Table (KCET) and Commonwealth Alliance Voter Engagement (CAVE), and as the youngest Mayor Pro-Tem of Kentucky’s capital city. He has raised millions of dollars to support nonprofits and advocacy efforts over the course of his career, and has worked with dozens of organizations to expand their funding capacities and empower their abilities to impact meaningful change within their own communities.
Sellus is honored to be able to support our partners’ inspiring and impactful work as a Director at Elevate.
Lauren spent the early years of her career in direct service and education, spending years in non-profits big and small across the DC metro area. During that time her organization became one of Elevate’s clients and after seeing the importance of having staff
who understood both the programmatic side on your fundraising team, she transitioned into the development field to help local, national, and international nonprofits raise funds to continue their work. She’s excited to come full circle and be part of the Elevate team that started it all!
Lauren continues to stay engaged with the local community through multiple volunteer roles.
She volunteers for the Smithsonian Associates helping to host events at museums throughout
the year and is as a committee member and volunteer coordinator for the Japanese American
Society of Washington’s Sakura Matsuri. She has a Master of Arts in Public Anthropology with
an emphasis on Linguistics and Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology both from
In her free time, she is often sewing, reading, or hiking. She also enjoys traveling in search of a
new favorite food.
Catherine brings a background in management, market research, communications, grant writing, and fundraising in the nonprofit sectors. Most recently, Catherine has worked in a consulting role with small and mid-sized organizations focused on growth and program development.
At Elevate, she is committed to help organizations, communities, and funders build productive and
rewarding relationships. She leads client teams providing institutional fundraising and strategic expertise to organizations working on a range of issues.
Catherine holds a BA in English Literature from Goldsmiths College and Master of Legal Letters from
Queen Mary College, University of London. Outside of Elevate, Catherine loves to write short stories and novels and explore the fascinating history of Western Pennsylvania.
Deborah’s long career has been in pursuit of helping the people served by nonprofits. She began as a volunteer in a women’s shelter and, through on the job training and courses in the field, worked her way up to being a development and executive director.
Prior to working for Elevate, Deborah had a consulting business writing grants and providing program development and project management support to nonprofits across the U.S. Her areas of interest and experience include physical and behavioral health integration, mental health, substance use, employment, education, job training, immigration, environmental issues, justice, housing, food security, literacy, equity, HIV/AIDS, child development, violence prevention, parenting, the arts, and many others.
When not working, Deborah enjoys watching films and plays, perusing art galleries, listening to music, taking architectural tours, and being absorbed in nature. She is an avid reader and New York Times crossword puzzle and spelling bee doer. Deborah lives with her writer husband, Joel, in Chicago but has lived in 10 U.S. states including Alaska and Hawaii. She considers herself bi-coastal. As a blended family, Deborah and Joel have five grown children ages 24-45.
Lateefah has worked in the nonprofit sector for over a decade, with the last seven years working in institutional development. Prior to joining Elevate as a Director, Lateefah has worked at a range of New York City based institutions, from small community-based organizations to nationally renowned nonprofits, including Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Center for Employment Opportunities, and CaringKind. She also practices Community-Centric Fundraising as a way to examine the roots of philanthropy and explore fundraising strategies grounded in anti-racism, equity, and belonging.
Lateefah graduated from The New School with a MA in Public and Urban Policy. While earning her degree, she had the opportunity to serve as a consultant to various nonprofit clients on pressing policy and management issues. Lateefah earned her BS in Political Science from Clarkson University, minoring in Law. She currently volunteers with Court Watch NYC, a program of the Envision Freedom Fund (formerly Brooklyn Community Bail Fund).
In her free time, Lateefah enjoys reading, practicing yoga, exploring different parts of the city, watching bad reality television, planning for her next vacation, cooking an interesting recipe from NYT Cooking, and honing her ever evolving rotation of hobbies ranging from various crafting projects to dabling in fermentation.
Alix came to Elevate from the arts and culture sector, where she has had over a decade of experience collaborating with nonprofit companies and artists to lift up their unique and essential stories. As a champion of innovation and imagination, Alix is motivated to build and redistribute resources, create an even playing field, and promote the latest and greatest ideas that celebrate our humanity and challenge us to move forward to a more just and equitable world. Prior to joining Elevate as a Director, Alix served as a fundraiser for several theaters in the Philadelphia region, using her skills as a creative strategist to increase their capacities while encouraging resource development through community-centric models and a lens of diversity, equity, inclusion, and access.
Alix continues to be very active in the arts community, and she recently served as the Regional Vice President of Philadelphia for the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas. She has also been a guest artist and lecturer for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival and the University of the Arts. Alix earned her BA in Drama from Vassar College and her MA in Theater from Villanova University, and she is currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University.
When she isn’t working with Elevate clients or on a creative project, she can be found reading, spending time with her partner and cat, or attempting to perfect her challah recipe.
Jennifer has 18 years’ experience in nonprofit fundraising and communications and a passion for anti-poverty work. Prior to working at Elevate, she worked as a grants manager for one of the largest nonprofits in Maine, where she led teams that contributed to a nearly $10M growth in overall budget, doubling the nonprofit’s public funding sources during her tenure. Jennifer is comfortable navigating the complex nuances that often come with grants and will use this expertise to coach Elevate clients throughout the institutional fundraising process.
Jennifer earned a graduate certificate in Leadership of Nonprofit Organizations from Southern New Hampshire University and a dual bachelor’s degree in Advertising and Psychology from Syracuse University. She is a proud graduate of Hot Dog High, where she “cut the mustard” to become a Hotdogger for Oscar Mayer and travel in the Wienermobile while auditioning kids to star in the next commercial. She is also the author of Simple Giving: Easy Ways to Give Every Day and a contributing author to The Mother of all Meltdowns.
Outside of the grants world, Jennifer can be found strength training in her backyard, writing haiku, exploring Maine (and beyond), and trying to convince her two teenage sons to hang out with her.
Jacquelin is a nonprofit professional with more than 12 years of experience in grantwriting, fundraising, and communications. She has a passion for tackling issues at the intersection of equity and sustainability, and believes in building the capacity of the nonprofit sector to create a just future for all. Most recently, she served as the Resource Development Officer of a multi-service community development and environmental nonprofit called Isles, based in Trenton, NJ. She has worked in grant development in many issue areas, including environmental justice and health, workforce development, food insecurity, youth services, housing counseling, community planning, developmental disabilities, and addiction/counseling services.
Jacquelin graduated summa cum laude from Villanova University with a BA in Sociology and minors in English and Women’s Studies. She was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and a Writing Center Tutor. More recently, Jacquelin completed a Management Certificate at Bucks County Community College, focusing on time management, productivity, and generational workplace differences. She previously served on the Yardley Human Relations Commission and is a member of the Puget Sound Grantwriters Association.
A recent transplant to Seattle, Jacquelin enjoys spending time outdoors on Lake Washington, exploring her new surroundings, and wrangling her household menagerie that includes three cats and a large, easily excitable sheepadoodle.
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Jaime has worked in the nonprofit development sector for over a decade, specializing in grants consulting for most of her career. She’s passionate about helping organizations achieve their missions, developing systems that increase efficiencies and impact, and supporting colleagues to achieve shared goals. Jaime brings project management and strategic grant program planning expertise to Elevate and has worked with a wide variety of clients ranging from multi-state hospital systems to small social service agencies.
Jaime graduated from the University of New Hampshire (UNH) with a BA in Political Science and Environmental Conservation. While in college, she worked at the UNH Writing Center as a writing fellow and academic writing tutor, solidifying her love for the written word. She currently volunteers as a Guardian ad Litem, advocating for children who have experienced abuse and/or neglect.
While not working, Jaime enjoys trying to replicate recipes she discovered on TikTok, traveling with her family, and spending countless hours singing to her dogs (even though she can’t carry a tune).