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Ethan Nava

Senior Grant Writer
Hometown: Singapore

Ethan is a passionate social entrepreneur who is excited to contribute a multitude of local and international experiences to Elevate’s clients. As a high school student, he started an integrated development project in Cambodia that focuses on education, healthcare and economic livelihood in rural communities. Ethan continues working on the project on the side. Before college, he worked on the executive board of a fledgling social enterprise that empowers Singaporean youth with entrepreneurial skills to support local nonprofits. Since then, he has become a strong advocate for the power of education, innovation and entrepreneurship to drive change in communities. After coming to DC, he has continued to immerse himself in the nonprofit space, working and volunteering with organizations like Ashoka, 826DC, Little Friends for Peace, US Dream Academy and the Banyan Tree Foundation.

Ethan graduated from The George Washington University with a BA in International Affairs and minors in Geography and Geographic Information Systems. His thesis on faith-based organizations in Cambodia reflects his strong interest in inter-faith approaches to social change. Ethan graduated in the top two percent of his class, and was invited to participate in the Clinton Global Initiative (University) and the D-Prize Global Poverty Solutions Competition.

Ethan is a lover of all things sweet, and revels being in the nation’s cupcake capital. He can often be found café hopping, and parading the local farmers’ markets. He is also a nature lover and loves hiking in the national parks around DC.

What’s your favorite thing to do in DC?

Having a Baked and Wired cupcake by the Georgetown waterfront park and people-watching.

What’s your hidden talent?

The ability to fall asleep in any form of transportation.

What’s your favorite quotation?

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

What punctuation mark would be and why?

I would be a dash because they are bridges that connect thoughts and ideas.

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