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Ava Knox

Deputy Supervising Director of Grant Writing
Hometown: Santa Cruz, CA

Pronouns: she/her

Ava has a passion for the arts and a background in nonprofit development. She worked for eight years as a performer, teaching artist, and fundraiser with nonprofit organizations in both California and the DC area, including: California Shakespeare Theater, Round House Theatre, and Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts. Most recently, Ava served as the Development Manager for Blue Star Families, a nonprofit organization that provides free resources to more than 1.5 million military family members. In this role she was the project manager and principal writer for a variety of print and electronic fundraising materials.

Ava is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and Emerging Arts Leaders DC. She earned a Master of Arts in Arts Administration from Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) and graduated cum laude with a BFA in Acting from Brooklyn College.

Ava is a native Californian, who has happily adjusted to the DC arts scene. She can often be found going to plays, concerts, and museums, or dancing at 18th Street Lounge.

What’s your hidden talent?

Matchmaking, whether it’s romantic, creative, or professional. I know such amazing people and I love making mutually beneficial connections between them.

What’s your favorite quotation?

“I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own.”
— Audre Lorde

What’s your biggest grammatical pet peeve?

When people forgo using the subjunctive mood. It’s not a huge part of the English language, but it exists to express conditional or imaginary situations. If it were up to me, everyone would use the subjunctive.

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