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Renee Rod

Senior Grant Writer
Hometown: Chicago, IL

Pronouns : she / her / hers

Renee has diverse experience in the public and private sectors. She is passionate about advocating for individuals in need and whose voices are not heard. She worked for a large nonprofit umbrella organization in Chicago, where she wrote grant proposals and reports, provided grant management, and assisted in developing new community-wide programs. Renee previously worked as a city planner and licensed architect on commercial, higher education, healthcare, and religious projects.

Renee holds a Master of Architecture degree and a Master of Urban Planning and Policy degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Tufts University.

Outside of work, Renee enjoys exploring the city and cheering on her beloved Boston sports teams.

What is your hidden talent?

Designing buildings.

What punctuation mark would you be and why?

I would be a question mark since I always want to learn more.

What is your grammatical pet peeve?

When people mix up it's and its and you're and your.

What is your favorite way to spend a Sunday afternoon?

Walking with my husband to Lake Michigan in the summer and watching sports on TV the rest of the year.

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