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Rachel Ake

Project Coordinator
Hometown: Washington, DC

Rachel comes to Elevate with a lifelong passion for education and equity. She received a Bachelor of the Arts in Education from the University of Akron in 2015. Since graduating, Rachel’s primary focus throughout her career has been service, especially for communities in need.

Prior to joining the Elevate team, Rachel taught high school English in Cleveland for two years through Teach For America. She then transitioned into the nonprofit world where she continued to work toward closing the achievement gap in education. As she gained experience in the nonprofit world, she came to find that her most valuable skill set was her knack for organization and logistics. Her final chapter prior to joining Elevate was working as an administrator for The Public Interest Network, a national nonprofit focused on environmental and consumer issues. She wore many hats in this role and gained some experience with grants, which led her to Elevate!

Outside of the work, Rachel enjoys spending time with her two cats, watching sports, and trying out new dinner recipes.

What is your hidden talent?

I can lick my elbow! In 6th grade my teacher told the class it was impossible for a person to lick their own elbow. To this day I don't know if that was a true claim or just a chance to make the class look silly trying to lick their elbows all at once. Regardless, it's my best party trick!

What punctuation mark would you be and why?

An ellipsis. I live for the drama and mystery it conveys.

What is your grammatical pet peeve?

Misusing an apostrophe for a plural always gets me going. When I see something like "I'll have two banana's" I always think to myself, "The banana's what?"

What is your favorite way to spend a Sunday afternoon?

On the couch with some good food, good football, and my cat!

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