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Jacquelin Giacobbe

Supervising Director
Hometown: Hopatcong, NJ

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Jacquelin has more than 13 years of experience in nonprofit development, including grant writing and strategy, foundation and corporate relations, communications, and project management. She has a passion for tackling issues at the intersection of equity and sustainability, and believes in building the capacity of the nonprofit sector to create a just future for all. Prior to joining Elevate, Jacquelin served as the Resource Development Officer of a multi-service community development and environmental nonprofit based in Trenton, NJ. She has worked in grant development across issue areas including workforce development, environmental justice and health, housing and homelessness, collective impact, youth services, community planning, developmental disabilities, and mental health.

Jacquelin graduated summa cum laude from Villanova University with a BA in Sociology and minors in English and Women’s Studies. She was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and a Writing Center Tutor. More recently, Jacquelin completed a Management Certificate at Bucks County Community College, focusing on time management, productivity, and generational workplace differences. She previously served on the Yardley Human Relations Commission and is a member of the Puget Sound Grantwriters Association.

A recent transplant to Seattle, Jacquelin enjoys spending time outdoors on Lake Washington, exploring her new surroundings, and wrangling her household menagerie that includes three cats and a large, easily excitable sheepadoodle.

What is your hidden talent?

Consistently picking a high-performing March Madness bracket each spring despite knowing *very little* about college basketball.

What punctuation mark would you be and why?

I think I bring exclamation point energy to most interactions.

What is your grammatical pet peeve?

Overuse of the passive voice, especially for informal writing. Active voice is more concise, clearer, and to the point.

What is your favorite way to spend a Sunday afternoon?

Bringing our dog to the local off-leash park so we can watch her excitedly greet (and then politely decline to play with) every other dog she encounters.

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