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Kate Caccavaio

Senior Grant Writer
Hometown: Buffalo, NY

Pronouns: She/Her 

Kate brings a natural inquisitiveness to Elevate and is passionate about learning new things about grant-makers and grant-seekers to develop successful narrative proposals. Before joining Elevate, Kate worked as Lead Grant Writer with Brockport Research Institute, where she managed grant portfolios for nonprofit clients and developed narratives to state and federal agencies for higher education institutions. Her nonprofit grant work focuses on human services and special population support. Before that, she worked as a professional writer in B2B and B2C markets, developing product descriptions and catalogs, print and web marketing collateral, and external communications. Kate also spent over ten years serving as a college professor instructing introductory and advanced composition, integrated humanities, world literature, African/ African American Studies, and Women’s Studies.

Kate earned a Ph.D. in English from Michigan State University in 2013, where her work focused on contemporary literature, postcolonial theory, and women’s studies. She holds an MA and BA in English from the University at Buffalo. Kate also volunteers with a nonprofit organization in Buffalo, NY, supporting grant writing and management activities.

Kate is a lifelong Trekkie and enjoys cooking (and eating), reading, and hanging out with her cat, Pepe.

What is your hidden talent?

I worked for a jewelry retailer so I know a LOT about earring hooks, chain clasps, and stone settings.

What punctuation mark would you be and why?

The Oxford comma because it is practical, informative, and precise. I love to look up new memes with examples of its awesomeness.

What is your grammatical pet peeve?

Confusion between homonyms/homophones/homographs.

What is your favorite way to spend a Sunday afternoon?

Cooking and listening to audiobooks and/or podcasts.

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