Jennifer Iacovelli

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.

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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).

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Jim comes to Elevate with a wealth of development and nonprofit management experience in New York City, Atlanta, GA, and Fairfield County, Connecticut. He enjoys working with various nonprofit organizations and causes, including human services, education, and the arts. He has always specialized in grant writing but has a wealth of experience in development, including major gifts and special events. A highlight of Jim’s career came when he secured the largest single grant in the history of Safe Horizon, where he served as Vice President for Government & Foundation Relations.

Having grown up with horses and dogs in North Georgia, Jim is a lifelong animal lover. He is also passionate about history, music, and the decorative arts. As a child, he spent countless hours reading or practicing the piano while his friends played baseball and soccer. Jim holds a bachelor’s degree in Russian from Emory University. He and his partner, Rafael, live in New York with their Pembroke Welsh corgi, Isobel.   

Jim can talk endlessly about the different types of black tea after becoming obsessed with the subject.  


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Ben has a decade of experience in development, fundraising, nonprofit project management, and a lifelong passion for international development. Prior to Elevate, Ben worked with Canine Partners for Life (CPL), a small nonprofit that provides service dogs for people with disabilities. Before working at CPL, he worked in a rural area in South Sudan, developing and subsequently managing a large donor portfolio for two schools and a clinic.

Ben has a Masters in Public Administration with a focus on International Development from the University of York (UK), a BS in Biology from Eastern University, and a Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification. He volunteers with several nonprofit organizations, and has served on nonprofit boards, working to improve their impact and fiscal sustainability, furthering his personal belief that people can do good in the world when they use their strengths and work together.

Although a native of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Ben has spent much of his life overseas. He enjoys volunteering, reading, cooking, spending time with loved ones, traveling, and trying to keep up with his high-energy border collie, Buna.

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Emily came to Elevate with six years of national and international nonprofit experience in fundraising, development, and communications. Her grant writing expertise includes working with organizations with budgets over $1 million focused on Early Education, College Access, Policy, Nutrition, Voter Registration, Immigration Reform, and a host of other initiatives. Through all of her work, Emily ensures to provide technical input on grant deliverables and innovative fundraising strategies.

A native to Southeast Michigan, Emily holds a master’s degree in Public Policy from the Loyola University of Chicago and a BA from Capital University in Political Science with a minor in English Language. When not writing grant proposals, Emily can be found planning her next big trip or enjoying time with her adorable yellow Labrador Loki.

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Angela has over a decade of nonprofit fundraising experience which includes grant writing, grant research, government/corporate relations, and major gifts donor cultivation for several national and international nonprofit organizations such as the Center for Court Innovation, Legal Aid Society, Nazareth Housing, Futures in Education, Bellevue Hospital and the Lemann Foundation of Brazil. More specifically, she specializes in assisting organizations with focus areas in legal aid, criminal justice reform, homelessness prevention, education, child welfare/human services, violence prevention and arts/culture.

In her previous roles, she managed development teams and led complex proposal and reporting development projects. She also has extensive experience supporting clients as a freelance nonprofit fundraising consultant and a Policy and Advocacy Relations consultant on behalf of multiple nonprofits at a major lobbying firm in New York City. In her role as Director at Elevate, she partners with client organizations to deliver customized, highly effective grant writing strategies designed to maximize revenue potential and help clients significantly impact the communities they serve.

Angela earned her BA in Economics and Social Sciences on a full scholarship, pursued a Masters in Government (ALM) at Harvard University and was admitted into a Juris Doctorate (JD) program at Northwestern California University School of Law.

In her free time, she enjoys discovering new recipes to cook on the weekend, watching a good movie with snacks and a cozy blanket, taking walks in the park and attempting to schedule as many spa days as humanly possible.

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Ami came to Elevate in 2020 with two decades of experience in the nonprofit sector, including ten years as an independent development consultant in the New York Metro and New England regions. In that capacity, she supported progressive grant writing initiatives around workforce development, affordable housing, and health equity. Ami’s extensive experience with metrics and evaluation in anti-poverty work are key to her role as a team leader and strategist at Elevate, where her portfolio is largely focused on housing and homelessness. 

Ami earned her BA in History from George Washington University in Washington, DC. She has completed coursework at the University of Rhode Island and Brown University. In the 1990s, Ami lived and worked in South America and speaks Spanish and Portuguese in addition to her native English.

Ami resides in lovely Providence, RI with her two teenaged children, who keep her very much on her toes.

Elena brings to Elevate a passion for nonprofits and nonprofit leadership as a catalyst for social change. Prior to joining Elevate, Elena worked for nonprofits in Denmark and the US, in the global health, environmental, civic engagement, and democracy sectors. Her development experience includes direct marketing, building fundraising capacity, major gifts, and grants at organizations such as Indivisible, League of Conservation Voters and League of Conservation Voters Education Fund, and Greenpeace.

Elena holds an MSc in Technological and Socio-Economic Planning from Roskilde University, Denmark, and a BA in History and Russian Studies from Bucknell University. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Transformative Social Change.

When not wrapped up in the world of grants, Elena loves to read, spend time with the family dogs and cats, and stream British TV and movies while enjoying a cup of Yorkshire Gold tea. She also enjoys growing wildflowers and native plants, reformer Pilates, and interrupting her husband whenever he watches YouTube videos.

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As an undergrad, Katherine’s (Kate’s) university required students to run simulated businesses “selling widgets” to reinforce best practices. She quickly learned that simply “selling widgets” was not a career path she wanted for her future. Searching for more mission driven work, she was drawn to fundraising. She has a background in fundraising for a variety of cause areas: including human services, early education, advocacy, as well as higher education institutions. Kate understands strengthening the nonprofit sector has a ripple effect across communities that can bring powerful change. She is excited to work for Elevate whose mission so strongly aligns with these values.

Prior to joining the Elevate team, Kate managed the stewardship of endowed funds at Georgetown University Law Center. She also spent five years working for United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey supporting the nonprofit sector in Philadelphia and the surrounding region. Kate earned her BS in Business Administration from Drexel University with a concentration in Marketing and a minor in Sociology. Additionally, she holds a certificate in Social Responsibility in Business from Drexel University.

Outside the office, Kate enjoys teaching yoga, exploring new studios to expand her own yoga practice, and spending time with friends and family – especially at the beach!

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