Meet Our Staff


Bryan Nakawaki

Project Coordinator
Hometown: Erie, PA

Pronouns : he / him / his

Bryan brings diverse experience and an enthusiasm for learning new things to his role as Project Coordinator. Prior to joining Elevate, Bryan worked as assistant manager for an HVAC business, where he oversaw project management and client relations. Bryan taught English courses for ten years at universities across the country—most recently, Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania. He also completed two terms as an AmeriCorps Fellow—one with the Boys and Girls Club and the other with United Way—where he learned about project coordination, volunteer recruitment, and nonprofit program development.

Bryan earned his Ph.D. in English from Purdue University, where he taught undergraduate courses in composition, world literature, and British literature. Bryan previously earned his MA in English at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and his BA in English at the California State Polytechnic University of Pomona.

On the weekends, Bryan enjoys watching sports, playing board games and collectible trading card games, going for walks at the local state park, and reading. He supports Minor League Baseball (Go, SeaWolves!) and local businesses that hold trivia nights.

What is your hidden talent?

A lifelong fan of Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune, I am pretty good at both general trivia games and word puzzles.

What punctuation mark would you be and why?

I would be the em dash. I like to consider myself a versatile individual. The em dash is versatile enough to function as a substitute comma, parentheses, colon, semicolon, and more.

What is your grammatical pet peeve?

You are supposed to use a comma to offset the name of a person being addressed. That said, I find it odd so many people begin emails with "Hi Jane" instead of "Hi, Jane." (To be clear, I am also guilty of this. I have no idea why.)

What is your favorite way to spend a Sunday afternoon?

It depends on the time of year. During the NFL season, I like to watch football and lament the performance of my fantasy football team. I otherwise enjoy reading nonfiction books and taking in the ambience of Lake Erie.

Meet More of Our Staff

Simple Share Buttons