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Jacob Sellman

Project Coordinator
Hometown: Fishkill, New York

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Jacob is passionate about helping to build a more equitable and sustainable world. Before joining the Elevate team, he interned and worked for organizations like the Institute of International Education and the New Cities Foundations. Jacob interned at Resilient Cities Catalyst, working with the city of Minneapolis to develop equity-oriented economic recovery programs in collaboration with communities most affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. He supported client relationships and conducted qualitative and quantitative independent research focused on case studies and trends in census tract data. 

He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Music from CUNY – Hunter College as a member of the Roosevelt Scholars Program. He graduated with honors as a Salutatorian of the 2020 class. 

When he is not working, you can find him traveling, writing fiction, playing piano, or reading.

What is your hidden talent?

I am very good at getting gas pumps to stop at specific numbers. I am also a classically trained pianist and was a piano teacher for several years.

What punctuation mark would you be and why?

Probably a question mark. I am very curious and I tend to enjoy questions more than I enjoy answers.

What is your grammatical pet peeve?

I can't say I have a grammatical pet peeve. I've always been fascinated by languages and I tend to see grammatical mistakes as interesting or fun rather than annoying.

What is your favorite way to spend a Sunday afternoon?

Sitting outside and reading with a cup of tea or coffee.

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