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Taryn Chase Jackson

Grants Specialist
Hometown: Tuscumbia, AL

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Taryn has a passion for learning and making the world a better place for everyone. During her time at Elevate, she has worked with a variety of educational, environmental, health, and advocacy organizations. Her prior grants experience includes working with clients ranging from large hospital systems to small homeless shelters, as well as assisting university faculty to develop state and federal proposals. She has also worked in museum administration, educational technology, and launched her own nonprofit to support independent journalism.

Taryn holds an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Goucher University and a BA in Humanities from Roberts Wesleyan College. Her volunteer service has included literacy, environmental, and social justice causes, and she now serves on the board for the Shoals Nonprofit Center, which provides professional development opportunities for nonprofits in Northwest Alabama.

Outside of work, Taryn enjoys making collage and assemblage art, researching genealogy, and shopping at vintage and antique stores.

What is your hidden talent?

I can find obscure stuff on the internet. Have a random song lyric stuck in your head and have no idea what it is? I'll help you figure it out. Looking for someone you met at summer camp 25 years ago? I'm your girl.

What punctuation mark would you be and why?

I'd be an interrobang (?! or !?) because I love learning new things and often find myself incredulous.

What is your grammatical pet peeve?

While both are technically correct, I am not a fan of the S in "towards" and will always edit to "toward " (No offense to the Brits or Aussies).

What is your favorite way to spend a Sunday afternoon?

Wandering in old cemeteries or making collage art.

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