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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 housing clients—and now specializes in working with advocacy organizations. She is actively involved with our Learning & Development team, which aims to build a culture of learning at Elevate, and is a member of the Grant Professionals Association.

In addition to her prior grants consulting and university grants office experience, Taryn has also worked in museum administration, educational technology, and independent journalism. She holds an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Goucher University and a BA in Humanities from Roberts Wesleyan College.

Outside of work, Taryn is known as a collage artist and mural painter with a penchant for collecting oddities. She and her husband reside in Northwest Alabama with their dogs, Maple and Ginkgo.

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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