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Kripa Patwardhan

Project Coordinator
Hometown: Herndon, VA

Kripa comes to Elevate with a passion for promoting social and environmental justice and sustainability through education and civic engagement. Before joining the Elevate team, she interned with NARAL and the US Department of State. She went on to teach in a grant-funded after school program in a Section 8 neighborhood and subsequently worked for Edu-Futuro, a nonprofit that empowers immigrant communities through education (and an Elevate client!). 

Kripa continues to empower the community through education in her work as a homebound teacher for Fairfax County Public Schools. She also serves on the Family Life Education Curriculum Advisory Committee for Fairfax County Public Schools and on the Fairfax County Library Board of Trustees. She holds a teaching license with endorsements in Spanish, French, and math from the state of Virginia; a master’s degree in public policy from George Mason University; and a bachelor’s degree in French and international politics with a concentration in South Asia from the University of Virginia.

Outside her work at Elevate, she can be found advocating for native plants, transit oriented development, and voting; cooking; participating in community theatre; and turning everything into a Disney or Simpsons reference.

What is your hidden talent?


What punctuation mark would you be and why?

semi-colon: it leaves plenty of room for asides while still being in the same sentence

What is your grammatical pet peeve?

hypercorrection (e.g., "just between you and I") and the pairing of big words with not using subjunctive when it would have been grammatical to use subjunctive (e.g., "it is imperative that this is done" when it should be "it is imperative that this BE done"). I'm not fond of "I ask that you don't do this thing" but it doesn't bother me as much because it isn't paired with a million dollar word.

What is your favorite way to spend a Sunday afternoon?

Playing a board game with friends over for food and drinks.

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