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Emily Velazquez

Grant Writer
Hometown: Lincoln Park, MI

Pronouns: she/her

Emily came to Elevate with five years of experience working in the nonprofit sector both nationally and internationally. Her experience includes working in fundraising, development, and communications at nonprofits dedicated to social justice issues. At her most recent position, she co-led the fundraising of a $1.2 million budget for a nonprofit through grant proposal writing. She provided technical input on grant deliverables and innovative fundraising strategies.

Emily currently volunteers at a start-up nonprofit based in Texas to support grant proposal writing and management. She holds a master’s degree in Public Policy from Loyola University of Chicago and earned her BA from Capital University in Political Science with a minor in English Language.

When not writing proposals, Emily can be found planning her next big trip, playing with her adorable yellow Labrador Loki, and binge-watching Netflix.

What is your hidden talent?

Finding the best and cheapest flight/hotel deals.

What punctuation mark would you be and why?

I would self identify as a dash because of the reminder that life is filled with unexpected connections.

What is your favorite way to spend a Sunday afternoon?

Going on an adventure and discovering a new place/restaurant/friend/etc.

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