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Emily Velazquez

Associate Director & Senior Grant Writer
Hometown: Lincoln Park, MI

Emily came to Elevate with six years of national and international nonprofit experience in fundraising, development, and communications. Her grant writing expertise includes working with organizations with budgets over $1 million focused on Early Education, College Access, Policy, Nutrition, Voter Registration, Immigration Reform, and a host of other initiatives. Through all of her work, Emily ensures to provide technical input on grant deliverables and innovative fundraising strategies.

A native to Southeast Michigan, Emily holds a master’s degree in Public Policy from the Loyola University of Chicago and a BA from Capital University in Political Science with a minor in English Language. When not writing grant proposals, Emily can be found planning her next big trip or enjoying time with her adorable yellow Labrador Loki.

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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