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Keisha Ames

Vice President of Finance & Operations
Hometown: Chesapeake, VA

Pronouns: she/her

As Vice President of Finance & Operations, Keisha provides financial and administrative leadership and strategic insight to ensure business practices align with the company’s core values. With over 15 years working in the nonprofit sector, Keisha has considerable knowledge and experience supporting mission-driven organizations dedicated to social change and justice.

Before joining Elevate, Keisha was Associate Director, Global Operations at 350.org, a global nonprofit committed to building a future safe from the effects of the climate crisis. In her role, she managed the operational budget, worked cross-functionally with teams to ensure financial health, and drove global expansion by establishing new offices in the UK and South Africa. At Fiver Children’s Foundation, a youth development organization, she served as the first Senior Director of Operations and established its operational practices and procedures.

Keisha is committed to supporting our global community, especially young people. As a volunteer, she led a grassroots initiative that gave students from the African diaspora in New York and Atlanta the opportunity to travel to Ghana for cultural enrichment and service-learning projects.

Keisha is a graduate of Howard University in Washington, DC, where she received a BFA in Theatre Arts Administration and Business Management.

She loves and is inspired by the creative arts and enjoys traveling as much as possible. She has visited 29 countries so far and captured a portfolio of photographs documenting her journeys.

What is your hidden talent?

I’m a great vacation planner. I love to travel, and planning all the details is almost as exciting as the trip itself!

What punctuation mark would you be and why?

A question mark. I’m inquisitive. I like to know the “why” and the “what.”

What is your grammatical pet peeve?

The misuse of there/their/they’re. I do it more than I care to, though.

What is your favorite way to spend a Sunday afternoon?

I believe in self-care, so when I can, I like to spend my Sunday afternoons relaxing, listening to music, and drinking yerba mate. But, if I’m traveling or in a new place, it’s all about discovery, and I’ll spend the entire day exploring!

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