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Christian Mechlin

Director of Client Relations
Hometown: Springfield, MO

Pronouns: he/him/his

Christian comes to Elevate with over a decade of experience serving nonprofits in education, housing, health and mental health, the arts, and social services. Prior to joining the team at Elevate, he served as the Executive Director of Care to Learn, a nonprofit providing funding to address students’ emergent health, hunger, and hygiene needs throughout Missouri. Growing up in a family that valued volunteerism and community engagement, he has seen countless examples of the difference that nonprofits make in their communities and is excited to help Elevate’s clients increase their impact. Before entering the nonprofit arena, Christian worked (briefly!) as an attorney and professor, teaching courses on animal law and criminal justice.

Christian earned his JD from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law and a BA in Philosophy from Washington University in St. Louis.

When not serving Elevate’s clients, Christian enjoys spending time with his fiancé, Serena, and their daughter Keener, reading, gaming, playing guitar, or watching any horror movies he can find.

What is your hidden talent?

I am a certified tennis pro, and started teaching when I was around twelve years old.

What punctuation mark would you be and why?

I would be an exclamation point as I tend to be VERY emphatic!

What is your grammatical pet peeve?

I’m not sure I can choose just one! I think the omission of the Oxford comma is my biggest pet peeve, although the incorrect usage of your/you’re and there/their/they’re keeps me up at night as well.

What is your favorite way to spend a Sunday afternoon?

The best way to spend a Sunday afternoon is doing anything with my family—getting some housework done and prepping for the week, lounging around, playing games, watching a movie, reading, or having an adventure.

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