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Daniel Shemesh

Grants Coordinator
Hometown: Rockville, MD

Daniel brings his experience and passion for fundraising on behalf of nonprofit organizations to his work at Elevate. His experience spans sectors ranging from urban farming to international development. Most recently, he drafted fundraising materials for Grassroots Business Fund, a mission-oriented venture capital fund, and honed his operational and project management skills at Dalberg Advisors. Prior to these experiences, Daniel worked at the Amir Project and Food Cowboy, two nonprofits devoted to educational farming and reducing food waste, respectively.

Daniel is also a youth soccer coach, and was recently helping to research and write a book on social impact innovation in higher education. Daniel earned a BA in English Rhetoric from Binghamton University in New York.

When not working, Daniel can be found playing and watching soccer, visiting art installations around the area, or catching a show at the 9:30 Club.

What is your hidden talent?

I'm a great cook!

What punctuation mark would you be and why?

I'm an exclamation mark, because I bring enthusiasm and passion to everything I do.

What is your grammatical pet peeve?

They're vs their vs there

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