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Justine Barron

Senior Grant Writer
Hometown: Glen Echo, MD

Pronouns: she/her

Justine has more than 15 years of experience as a grant writer, development expert, and strategic consultant in the nonprofit sector. She started out in the nonprofit field as an adult educator and coordinator, teaching classes and helping create new adult education programs. She quickly realized that grant writing was a way to bring her academic background, love of storytelling, and program development skills into her nonprofit advocacy work. She has helped raise millions of dollars for her clients, from small start-up organizations to large universities and every type of organization in between. The parts of her job she loves the most are helping the program people on the ground tell their stories effectively and helping nonprofit leaders grow new programs that foster social change.

Justine has a master’s degree in English Literature from Duke University and a bachelor’s with honors in English from Johns Hopkins. In addition to nonprofit development, Justine has been a journalist and an award-winning live storyteller.

What is your hidden talent?

I have a super powerful sense of smell. It mostly makes me sick, but I can tell you what allergens and chemicals are around.

What punctuation mark would you be and why?

Semi-colon, because I bring ideas together without forcing them together.

What is your grammatical pet peeve?

I was an adult educator, so I try not to be a snob about grammar. We are all just expressing ourselves. Sorry!

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