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Sarah Kopkin

Grant Writer
Hometown: Ellenboro, North Carolina

Sarah came to Elevate with a drive to continue her career in public service and a passion for supporting programs and organizations that improve the quality of life for people around the country. Sarah has worked in local government in North Carolina with the Town of Boone and the Isothermal Planning and Development Commission, a regional Council of Governments. During her time in local government, Sarah worked closely with municipalities to encourage economic development, cultural resource management, and regional advocacy. Sarah has written grant applications for a variety of state and federal agencies including the Appalachian Regional Commission, FEMA, and HUD to name a few.

Sarah has her Master of Public Administration and BSBA in Marketing from Appalachian State University. A true “Boonie” at heart, Sarah can usually be found enjoying the outdoors via a kayak or hiking trail. Go, Mountaineers!

Sarah also enjoys spoiling her dachshund, Stella, and baking in her spare time. Her favorite baked good to share with friends and family is her nana’s famous pound cake.

What punctuation mark would you be and why?

I would be an exclamation mark. I'm very enthusiastic! I was voted most enthusiastic for my high school superlative. They created that award for me.

What is your hidden talent?

I'm a great baker! My favorite bread to bring to events to impress people is Japanese Milk Bread.

What is your favorite way to spend a Sunday afternoon?

I love going on hikes with my husband and our dachshund.

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