Jaime Paige Pierce

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Jaime joined Elevate in 2019 as a Grant Writer, moved up to the Associate Director & Senior Grant Writer position in 2021, and most recently advanced to Grant Specialist. She has five years of experience with grant writing, starting with interning at Washington Performing Arts and taking fundraising courses at American University, and over one year of experience directing teams at Elevate. Jaime brings strategic thinking, research, detail, examples, and creativity to the proposals and reports she develops and reviews for other grant writers, giving a compelling picture of clients’ organizations and programs, and how they align with funders’ priorities.

Jaime earned her Master’s in Arts Management from American University and brings her knowledge of managing nonprofit arts organizations to her work at Elevate. Jaime’s portfolio at Elevate has included proposal development and fundraising strategy around equity in public education, democracy and voting rights, workforce development, arts education, arts and humanities projects, stormwater management, immigration, refugee resettlement, Holocaust survivor services, and food security. Jaime likes to work in a quiet, cold, dimly lit room. She enjoys running, ice cream, reality television, brunch with mimosas, University of Kentucky basketball and football, and her brilliant Elevate teammates and friends.

Emily is passionate about supporting her clients’ forward-thinking and effective work in the DC area and beyond. Prior to joining Elevate, she served as the Senior Communications & Development Associate at the Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing (APAH) in Arlington, VA, where she supported the organization’s fundraising, event planning, and communications activities. Before working at APAH, Emily served as the year-long Programs Assistant at Catholic Volunteer Network. She also completed a year of service with the Lutheran Volunteer Corps while working as the Development Assistant at an interfaith organization in Omaha, NE.

Emily graduated from Villanova University with majors in Political Science and Theology & Religious Studies. She is a Fall 2015 graduate of the Leadership Arlington Leadership Center for Excellence’s Young Professionals Program.

When she is not working with clients at Elevate, you can find Emily watching a beloved sports team (Nats, Caps, and Villanova Wildcats), trying a new happy hour spot, or giving endless attention to her dog, Oreo.