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Ngaire Philip

Grants Coordinator
Hometown: Gaithersburg, MD

Ngaire was born in Harlem, raised in Gaithersburg, and calls Baltimore home. With a lifelong passion for human rights and equity, they have dedicated their educational and professional careers to producing social change. They come to Elevate with a track record of organizing around advocacy through grassroots fundraising, diversity and sensitivity training, leadership development, and administrative services. They most recently worked with Food & Water Watch in an administrative capacity supporting the nonprofit’s efforts in lobbying for a fracking ban. They have a vested interest in the success of nonprofits and radical countercultures that uplift and maintain community. Their specific areas of interest include the politics of race, gender, class, sexuality, ability, and environmental justice.

Currently, Ngaire works with the Baltimore Transgender Alliance in creating a zine on the politics of LGBTQ identities and geographic location. They continue to engage in restorative justice and accountability in the Baltimore queer community through their interpersonal and working relationships. This work is informed by their BA in Gender and Women’s Studies obtained at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County where they were actively engaged in LGBTQ organizing on campus.

When Ngaire isn’t working, you can find them knee-deep in memes and all things internet/pop culture, working on creative writing projects, binge watching TV shows, or finding ways to soak up as much sun as possible.

What punctuation mark would you be and why?

I would be a semicolon. I strive to build bridges between people and communities in the same way semicolons bridge clauses.

What book could you read 50 times?

The Giver by Lois Lowry has been my favorite book since the fifth grade. I wrote a final project on it in undergrad. I could read it cover to cover forever.

Who is your hero?

My hero is Harriet Tubman. She was one of the bravest people our country has ever seen.

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