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Ami Awad

Hometown: Providence, RI

Pronouns: she/her

Ami brings two decades of experience in the nonprofit sector to Elevate. She has worked in various program and administrative positions which address systemic change at the intersection of poverty and equity. For the last decade, Ami worked 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, youth organizing, LGBTQ wellness, and immigrant success. Ami’s extensive experience with metrics and evaluation are key to her role as a team leader and strategist at Elevate.

Ami earned her BA in History from George Washington University in Washington, DC. She has completed coursework at 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.

Outside of development work, Ami enjoys spending time with her teenage children, reading contemporary fiction, stand-up paddle boarding, and jumping rope in the rain.

What is your hidden talent?

I can be persuasive and good at getting people to do things (so long as those people are not my teenagers and the thing is not homework).

What punctuation mark would you be and why?

I might be a period because I take great pleasure in getting tasks and projects done, crossing items off of lists, and generally finishing anything I start.

What is your grammatical pet peeve?

I would say the seemingly ubiquitous use of "that" instead of "who" or "which" in a relative clause.

What is your favorite way to spend a Sunday afternoon?

Shopping and cooking for the week, finishing up household chores. It may sound dull, but heading into the work and school week with our domestic ducks in a row really makes a difference.

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