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Adele McAllister

Grant Writer
Hometown: Ellicott City, MD

Adele is excited to bring her writing and project coordination background and her passion for nonprofits to Elevate! Prior to joining Elevate, Adele spent a year in Sewanee, TN through AmeriCorps VISTA where she served as grants coordinator for a local community foundation. In addition to helping to run and improve the fund’s grant application and reporting processes, she also coordinated capacity-building workshops for area nonprofits and managed a volunteer network of nonprofit professionals.

Before that, Adele worked in Boston with Bridge International Academies, a social enterprise that runs a network of schools across Africa and Asia. While at Bridge, she honed her writing and project coordination skills by writing curriculum and then managing a team of curriculum writers producing textbooks and other educational materials for schools in Nigeria.

Adele earned a BA in Drama from Tufts University. Outside of Elevate, Adele enjoys playing guitar, writing music, spending time outside, and impulse-buying houseplants.

What is your hidden talent?

I’m good at setting poetry to music!

What punctuation mark would you be and why?

I’d be a semicolon; I like drawing connections between ideas, and it lets you get two sentences worth of information in one.

What is your favorite way to spend a Sunday afternoon?

Going for a drive and a hike somewhere beautiful or playing Dungeons and Dragons with friends!

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