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Emily Saari

Senior Grants Specialist
Hometown: Forest Hill, MD

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Emily is a social work trained professional who is excited to help nonprofits advance their work for social justice and community enrichment with strategic grant writing. She brings a diverse set of professional experiences in the nonprofit sector to bear on this work, in both advocacy and direct service. She has facilitated conflict resolution using restorative justice practices, helped individuals experiencing homelessness receive disability benefits, and promoted strategic communications on climate change and clean energy. Emily got her start as a grassroots organizer in the youth movement for action on climate change.

Emily holds a Master of Social Work from the University of Maryland, Baltimore, where she specialized in Community Action & Social Policy and engaged in qualitative research on the emotions of activists for her master’s thesis. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, with minors in Environmental and Religious Studies, from St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

When she isn’t working, Emily enjoys spending time outdoors, going to museums, perfecting her cooking techniques, and hanging out with her little rescue mutt, Pepper.

What is your hidden talent?

I love to cook! Currently, I'm working on building a solid repertoire of Indian dishes.

What punctuation mark would you be, and why?

The question mark, because I'm curious and always want to know more!

What is your grammatical pet peeve?

When names and surnames are pluralized with an apostrophe.

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

Eating breakfast tacos, going on a hike with my dog, and listening to podcasts.

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