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Theo Spain

Grant Writer
Hometown: Portland, OR

Pronouns : he / him / his

Theo is passionate about writing and facilitating the distribution of wealth to organizations working to uplift marginalized communities and create artistic beauty in the world. His work in the field of grant writing includes jobs with the Selma Bridge Crossing Jubilee, a Black civil rights history and civic engagement organization, and Stories Without Borders, a nonprofit that uses the power of personal narrative to effect positive social change in areas of immigration and mental health. Previous to his nonprofit development work, he was a Digital Crisis Counselor with The Trevor Project, where he provided compassionate support and resources to LGBTQ+ youth on their text-based crisis hotline. 

He is a curious person and lifelong learner who has studied grant writing through Prescott College and holds a self-designed BA in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus in Psychology from Naropa University. 

Outside of work, he enjoys many pursuits, including cooking, working out, reading vast numbers of books, and sharing quality time with his loved ones, including his beloved dog, Nomi.

What is your hidden talent?

I used to be a trained ballet dancer, back in my teen years. I thought I would go pro, but life had other plans.

What punctuation mark would you be and why?

I would be an ampersand, because I'm a big believer in the power of thinking in terms of "both/and" rather than "either/or" when considering complicated issues.

What is your grammatical pet peeve?

Leaving out proper apostrophes.

What is your favorite way to spend a Sunday afternoon?

Delicious food and laughter with a friend, playing outside with my little dog Nomi or reading a really good novel with a glass of wine.

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