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Kristin Queen Shaffer

Senior Director
Hometown: San Antonio, TX

Pronouns: she/her/ hers

A non-profit fundraising professional for over 18 years, Kristin has a passion for working with mission-driven organizations advancing access to services in underserved communities. Her career includes a wide range of experiences at the local and national level; from national organizations focused on movement building, preservation and expansion of reproductive rights, anti-hunger programs and healthcare access to local non-profits serving on the frontline of social service delivery.

Kristin has extensive experience in the field of grant writing, grants administration and management, and events. During her time at Elevate she has worked with direct service clients in the fields of education, housing, anti-poverty, health education, social services, and mental health to advance their strategic fundraising goals. Prior to joining Elevate, she led a Grants and Contracts unit within the development department of a DC-based non-profit overseeing a portfolio of over 50 federal, state and private foundation grants and contracts. Kristin holds a BA in History from the University of the South, Sewanee.

A native Texan, Kristin moved to DC after graduating from college. Today, she and her husband, and their two daughters, live in the heart of DC.

What is your hidden talent?

I have a great sense of direction. I can usually find my way back to a place without GPS after having only been there once.

What punctuation mark would you be and why?

The exclamation point! It's super versatile. It conveys excitement, a loud shouting voice, frustration and joy!

What is your grammatical pet peeve?

Adding an apostrophe to a family's name on a holiday card.

What is your favorite way to spend a Sunday afternoon?

It depends on the season. In the spring and fall I love to sit on our porch and read. In the summer and winter I enjoy cozying up on the couch and watching a fun movie with the kids.

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