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Gregory Keng Strasser

Social Media Specialist & Project Coordinator
Hometown: Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

Pronouns : he / him / his

Greg believes that entanglement across sectors – arts, politics, healthcare, science, technology, among others – is core to building healthy, self-sustaining communities. Greg has worked as a consultant to numerous arts, heritage, and cultural institutions; helping them deepen community ties, better define their purpose, and surface and organize around mutual self-interests. He previously served as an analyst at AMS Planning & Research and was the 19-20 Allen Lee Hughes Directing Fellow at Arena Stage. Along with those roles, he has been fundraising for universities and arts organizations since 2014.

In the field, Greg also works as a director for theater, opera, film, and games. His artistic practice closely resembles Elevate’s — working with an array of collectives or organizations to help advance their mission and goals in concert (only instead of through grantmaking, it’s through artistically excellent storytelling — which tends to attract the grants). He served as the Producing Director for the Helen Hayes-winning 4615 Theatre Company. Greg holds a BFA from the University of Michigan.

Raised between wintery Michigan and sunny Shanghai, Greg can shovel a driveway with ease and was sipping on boba tea before it was cool. You can catch him at the premiere of a new show, goofing off in the gym, or gushing about Beyoncé.

What is your hidden talent?

I've got wicked fast reflexes.

What punctuation mark would you be and why?

An exclamation point! Because I'm boisterous and loud, and I'm not afraid to use them (even in corporate settings).

What is your grammatical pet peeve?

Not really a "grammar" pet peeve, but I am really annoyed by those who center Standard American English or Standard British English grammar as what we should uphold. All dialects and varieties of English grammar are valid and beautiful!

What is your favorite way to spend a Sunday afternoon?

Never doing the same thing.

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