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Emily Caldwell

Hometown: Knoxville, TN

Emily brings to Elevate a passion for research, writing, and philanthropy. Her wide-ranging experience includes working as a development professional for both small community-based nonprofits and prominent international institutions such as the International Rescue Committee and World Food Program USA. Emily specializes in grant composition, management, and prospecting, with an emphasis on researching and securing new funding sources. She is knowledgeable about issue areas concerning human rights, food security, refugee resettlement, and sexual assault victim advocacy.

In 2013, Emily graduated from Berry College with a BA in International Studies. Most recently, Emily earned a Master of Science in Human Rights and International Politics at the University of Glasgow. While in graduate school, Emily conducted original research on applied human rights theory and food insecurity in Central Appalachia.

In her spare time, Emily is an avid artist, extrovert, online shopper, television viewer, and yarn enthusiast.

What is your hidden talent?

I am an artist. I paint and embroider mostly, but I love to experiment.

What is your grammatical pet peeve?

The proper use of commas is entirely necessary. Let's eat grandpa. Let's eat, grandpa. You get the picture. Commas save lives.

What punctuation mark would you be, and why?

I want to say that I'd be a semicolon because it's very understated and classy. However, in reality, I'm every superfluous exclamation point in every enthusiastic email.

What is your favorite way to spend a Sunday afternoon?

Painting in the sun. A Diet Coke near to hand. A dark British procedural on the television. My golden retriever watching squirrels from the window with distrust and disdain. My roommates/best friends animatedly ranking the best Disney Channel original movies somewhere in the background.

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