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Kailah Hartsfield

Grants Coordinator
Hometown: Richmond, VA

Kailah brings passion and experience in community organizing, environmental justice, and food access to Elevate. Before joining Elevate she interned with DC UrbanGreens where she worked to enhance and implement new methods for their Community Supported Agriculture program providing Southeast DC residents with fresh, locally grown produce.  Throughout her undergraduate career she also served as a core campus organizer of Virginia Student Power Network where she and her fellow organizers built grassroots power to fight for more accessible, affordable, and democratic higher education. Her experiences with nonprofits and community organizing have solidified her interests in nonprofit work and social change.

Kailah earned her BA in Integrative Studies with a concentration in International Studies from George Mason University. This interdisciplinary degree program allowed her to focus her studies on globalization as it relates to race and class. During her time at Mason she led a funded undergraduate research project titled Food Deserts: Exploring Local Perceptions of Washington D.C.’s Ward 8 Food System where she interviewed Southeast DC residents regarding their experiences with food access in one of the most food insecure wards of the city.

Outside of work, you can find Kailah at a local show supporting DC musicians, at the record store looking to add to her collection of Fleetwood Mac vinyl, rewatching the Office for the fifth time, or volunteering with urban gardens and farms in the DC area.

What punctuation mark would you be and why?

I'd be a question mark. Partially because I ask "huh" a lot, but also because I'm constantly questioning and searching for answers to big questions.

What is your favorite way to spend a Sunday afternoon?

Cooking and reading a good book or watching the Office.

What is your grammatical pet peeve?

You have got to use that Oxford comma.

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