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Jessica Mattos

Grant Writer
Hometown: Laurel, MD

Jessica came to Elevate with a dedication to supporting the development of organizations working to improve our world. She has particular passion for environmental sustainability, youth development, and the arts. Prior to joining Elevate, Jessica worked with diverse groups of students as a special educator in schools throughout the DC region. As a case manager she developed curricula, wrote reports, and tracked student progress with a driving commitment to help each individual grow and achieve their goals. Her work in schools has helped her to develop as a compassionate communicator and creative problem-solver.

Jessica has experience volunteering with youth in urban gardens and arts organizations, and she has served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA). Her current volunteer efforts center around nurturing communities through localizing food, medicine, and clothing production and reducing waste. Jessica holds a master’s degree from The George Washington University and a BA from Tufts University.

Endlessly curious, Jessica channels her passions into a variety of hobbies over which she has little mastery. You can find her admiring flora along a hiking trail, dancing in and outside the studio, and making hopeful attempts at garment sewing.

What is your hidden talent?

I am a very good Google-searcher. Ask me anything; I'll find four answers and list them in order of how likely they are to be true.

What is your grammatical pet peeve?

I try not to dig too far into grammatical pet peeves in the hope that others will be generous with my mistakes. That said, I am partial to the Oxford comma and feel unsettled by its omission.

What is your favorite way to spend a Sunday afternoon?

Some of my favorite Sunday activities include hiking with friends, harvesting and processing herbal remedies, cooking, reading, watching a movie, or working on my latest sewing/knitting project.

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