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Caroline O'Shea

Caroline O’Shea

Senior Director
Hometown: Baltimore, MD

Pronouns: she/her

Since joining Elevate in 2017, Caroline has used her experience in nonprofit management and fundraising and her skills in grant writing, prospect research, and project management to support clients with various grant program needs and challenges. She specializes in advocacy and civic engagement organizations and has also worked with clients in the education, housing, and human services sectors. 

Caroline enjoys working with clients to strengthen their proposal and report language to better articulate their mission and impact and build a grant fundraising program that aligns with their organizational needs and capacities. She aims to help clients focus their prospect research and qualification strategy and presented at the Grants Professionals Association annual conference.

In her prior position as deputy director at NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia, Caroline oversaw development efforts and strategic plan management during a period of significant growth for the organization. Previously, Caroline worked as an account executive at a consulting firm supporting major donor and grants fundraising for national progressive organizations.

Caroline earned her BA in Government with a minor in Sociology from Hamilton College in Clinton, NY. She was a student leader in political and social justice activism and worked as a writer in the college’s Office of Communications and Development. A long-time Washington, DC resident, she is active in local politics and activism.

What's your favorite thing to do in DC?

Concerts at the 9:30 Club. It’s the first real venue where I went to a show as a teen and still my favorite.

What's your hidden talent?

Remembering the names of “hey, it’s that guy” character actors on TV.

What punctuation mark would you be, and why?

The em dash, hailed by as “perhaps the most versatile punctuation mark.”

What's your favorite way to spend a Sunday afternoon?

Leisurely brunch with friends at our favorite hidden gem place that’s oddly never crowded - I might share the secret if you ask!

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