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Eric Spioch

Director
Hometown: Westminster, MD

Eric found his way into the grant writing world after bouncing around several countries and a variety of nonprofit organizations in DC. After spending time studying in Egypt and Morocco, he wrote daily updates, blogged, and researched political developments at the Project on Middle East Democracy and the Middle East Institute. Prior to joining Elevate, Eric honed his grant writing skills at United Palestinian Appeal, where he worked to raise funds for a children’s craniofacial surgery center in the West Bank and a children’s mental health program in Gaza. At Elevate, he is passionate about helping national organizations create large-scale change on issues like climate change, national security, and human rights.

Eric graduated from McDaniel College in 2013 with a double degree in Spanish and Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies. He was awarded a Critical Language Scholarship from the U.S. Department of State, and has earned the following awards and recognitions: The Bates Prize for Most Outstanding Male Graduating Senior; 2012 Portz Award for Outstanding Honors Student at a 4-Year College; Phi Beta Kappa Honors Fraternity; and Eagle Scout, earned January 2009.

He hopes to one day compete on Survivor or the Amazing Race, but would settle for Big Brother if they called him.

What’s your hidden talent?

I’m really good at, and enjoy, assembling IKEA furniture. My fee for doing so includes one order of Swedish meatballs.

What’s your favorite quotation?

“We do have a lot in common.
The same air, the same Earth, the same sky.
Maybe if we started looking at
what’s the same instead of
always looking at what’s different,
…well, who knows?”
— Meowth

Who would play you in a movie of your life?

I would like to say Zac Efron, but in reality it would probably be more like Michael Cera.

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