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Catherine Olteanu

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

Catherine brings a background in management, market research, communications, grant writing, and fundraising in the nonprofit sectors. Most recently, Catherine has worked in a consulting role with small and mid-sized organizations focused on growth and program development.

At Elevate, she is committed to help organizations, communities, and funders build productive and
rewarding relationships. She leads client teams providing institutional fundraising and strategic expertise to organizations working on a range of issues.

Catherine holds a BA in English Literature from Goldsmiths College and Master of Legal Letters from
Queen Mary College, University of London. Outside of Elevate, Catherine loves to write short stories and novels and explore the fascinating history of Western Pennsylvania.

What is your hidden talent?

Food & cooking! I love learning about traditions around food, cultures, hospitality. Ask me about the 'greatest cookies in the world' recipe.

What punctuation mark would you be and why?

I would be the Oxford Comma. Use - or lack of use - can have such an impact on meaning.

What is your grammatical pet peeve?

Poorly structured sentences...I am all about the proper use of a clause.

What is your favorite way to spend a Sunday afternoon?

Exploring the small towns and history of western Pennsylvania and writing stories about them. They offer endless inspiration for everything from community art projects to our amazing garden.

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