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Taryn Chase Jackson

Senior Grant Writer
Hometown: Tuscumbia, AL

Pronouns: she/her

Taryn has a passion for learning and making the world a better place for everyone. She brings more than twenty years of communications experience to Elevate, including ten years with nonprofits working on grant writing and development. Prior to joining the Elevate team, she wrote grants for a variety of clients from large hospital systems to small homeless shelters, and spent five years developing proposals with university faculty to support sponsored programs and research. Her additional experience includes museum administration, educational technology, and the launch of a 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 exploring the Natchez Trace Parkway with her husband and dogs, researching genealogy, and (when it’s safe again) singing in choirs.

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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