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Abigail Fine

Supervising Director
Hometown: Chantilly, VA

Pronouns: she/her/ hers

Abigail (Abbie) Fine has more than ten years of experience in leadership and development roles at arts, culture, and education organizations. At Elevate, Abbie specializes in these issue areas, partnering with her clients to bring significant and breakthrough successes in institutional fundraising. Abbie also supports Elevate’s Senior Grant Writers and Grant Writers in their career development, and she is passionate about working as part of the Client Services team to provide excellent strategic consulting services to Elevate’s clients. Abbie excels at complex problem-solving and bringing authenticity to the work.

Prior to joining Elevate, Abbie served as Managing Director of NextStop Theatre Company. She was responsible for development, marketing, financial management, and administration, and proudly led the company through a significant growth period. Prior to that she was Director of Development for Fairfax Library Foundation, creating and expanding grant programs supporting early literacy, new Americans, scholarship programs, and other library initiatives.

Some semesters Abbie teaches Principles of Management as an Adjunct Professor at George Mason University. She earned her MBA from George Mason, where she was named “Outstanding MBA Student of the Year” by faculty and “Most Contributed to Learning” by her global residency classmates. Abbie received her BA from the University of South Carolina on a full academic scholarship, earning a double major in Theater and Economics. Abbie is an accomplished theater director, with over 20 professional credits, and a published author of fiction.

Outside of nonprofit management and creative pursuits, Abbie most enjoys spending time with her two young children, going flying with her husband in the single-engine plane he pilots, and reading novels.

What is your hidden talent?

I can tap dance!

What punctuation mark would you be and why?

I would be an em dash because I love how it allows complex ideas to read like natural speech. I strive to be authentic, too.

What is your favorite way to spend a Sunday afternoon?

Going on an adventure! Whether it's exploring a new park or venue in my community with my husband and kids, or just using our imaginations at home. I also love to squeeze in prep for the week and some quiet writing or reading time, if possible! Sunday afternoons are never long enough, are they?

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