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Ashanti Mills

Grant Writer
Hometown: Charlotte, NC

Ashanti has built his career on great customer service, well-researched writing, and a passion for the arts. Prior to Elevate, he worked in Conferences and Events at Covington & Burling, where he enjoyed working closely with clients and finding creative solutions to their problems. During that time, he was also a freelance writer. His interest in nonprofits began when he worked at the Mansion on O Street and kickstarted the grant writing program for their nonprofit, the O Street Museum Foundation.

Ashanti currently volunteers with the DC Public Library and MAGFest, Inc. At DCPL, he sorts through donated materials for the DC Punk Archive. At MAGFest, he supports the Jam Clinic, teaching musicians of all skill levels how to play in harmony. He graduated from Howard University with a BA in English and a minor in Music.

Ashanti can often be found at one of DC’s many jam sessions, playing saxophone or flute.

What is your hidden talent?

I make an amazing peanut butter and banana sandwich.

What is your grammatical pet peeve?

When people forget commas in long sentences with multiple clauses, it feels like being lost at sea.

What is your favorite way to spend a Sunday afternoon?

I'm usually at a rehearsal with one of my bands, meal prepping, or exploring new releases on Soundcloud.

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