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Mathea Pielemeier

Associate Grant Writer & Grants Coordinator
Hometown: Seattle, WA

Mathea has an interest in both public health and fundraising. Prior to joining the Elevate team, she worked with two Minnesota-based nonprofits. At the Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project she was introduced to grant writing and worked on two grants with the Executive Director. She went on to serve as a Health Intern at the International Institute of Minnesota, where she connected refugee clients with health resources and aided in the refugee resettlement process. To further explore her interest in public health, Mathea interned at the Minnesota Department of Health, where she analyzed the projects proposed by statewide grantees as part of the Statewide Health Improvement Partnership.

Mathea recently began volunteering on the Communication and Fundraising Committee of WellShare International, an international public health nonprofit. This role enables her to explore her interests in public health and development. She graduated magna cum laude from Macalester College, where she earned her BA in International Studies and French with a concentration in Community and Global Health.

When she is not working, Mathea likes to run, hike, and camp around the Pacific Northwest. She loves chatting with her friends (even if it is over Zoom), listening to podcasts, reading outside, and baking.

What is your hidden talent?

I love to bake and I can make a great loaf of sourdough bread.

What punctuation mark would you be and why?

A semicolon, because I like to add to my ideas.

What is your favorite way to spend a Sunday afternoon?

Going for a run if the weather is nice and spending time at a coffee shop with friends!

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