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Jennifer Iacovelli

Hometown: Brunswick, Maine

Jennifer has 18 years’ experience in nonprofit fundraising and communications and a passion for anti-poverty work. Prior to working at Elevate, she worked as a grants manager for one of the largest nonprofits in Maine, where she led teams that contributed to a nearly $10M growth in overall budget, doubling the nonprofit’s public funding sources during her tenure. Jennifer is comfortable navigating the complex nuances that often come with grants and will use this expertise to coach Elevate clients throughout the institutional fundraising process.

Jennifer earned a graduate certificate in Leadership of Nonprofit Organizations from Southern New Hampshire University and a dual bachelor’s degree in Advertising and Psychology from Syracuse University. She is a proud graduate of Hot Dog High, where she “cut the mustard” to become a Hotdogger for Oscar Mayer and travel in the Wienermobile while auditioning kids to star in the next commercial. She is also the author of Simple Giving: Easy Ways to Give Every Day and a contributing author to The Mother of all Meltdowns.

Outside of the grants world, Jennifer can be found strength training in her backyard, writing haiku, exploring Maine (and beyond), and trying to convince her two teenage sons to hang out with her.

What is your hidden talent?

I can do a full pistol squat.

What punctuation mark would you be and why?

I would be a period. Full stop. Because it's strong and makes a statement.

What is your grammatical pet peeve?

So many! Unnecessary semicolons or colons drive me nuts.

What is your favorite way to spend a Sunday afternoon?

In the fall, it usually involves football. During the rest of the year, I love finding new places to visit and explore in Maine, where I live.

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