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Jim Deadwyler

Supervising Director 
Hometown: Atlanta, GA

Pronouns:  he/him/his

Jim came to Elevate with a wealth of development and nonprofit management experience, having served organizations in New York City, Atlanta, and Fairfield County, CT. He enjoys working with a variety of nonprofits and issue areas, including human services, education, and the arts. 

Jim has always specialized in grant writing but is also well-versed in major gifts, special events, and other areas of development. A highlight of his career came when he secured the largest single grant in the history of Safe Horizon, where he served as Vice President for Government & Foundation Relations. 

Jim holds a bachelor’s degree in Russian from Emory University. He and his partner live in northwestern Connecticut and New York City.


What is your hidden talent?

My partner calls me "the corgi whisperer."

What punctuation mark would you be and why?

I would be the Harvard, Oxford, or serial comma because it provides clarity.

What is your grammatical pet peeve?

"There's" when it should be "there are." Grrr...

What is your favorite way to spend a Sunday afternoon?

Curled up on the sofa watching mysteries.

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