On Peter’s first day as an AmeriCorps VISTA, his boss explained their nonprofit’s fundamental rule: anyone who walks through the office door gets a free cup of coffee, a chair to sit in, and that day’s newspaper. This philosophy of empathy and support is why Peter has always loved his experiences working for and volunteering with nonprofits, and it’s why he’s excited to be supporting nonprofits as a grant writer with Elevate. During his time in AmeriCorps, Peter identified and drafted grants in order to support his nonprofit as they opened a community-owned grocery store in a food desert. Prior to that, Peter worked in development roles with a variety of environmental nonprofits, strengthening their initiatives in areas as diverse as energy conservation education for elementary school students, and the rewilding of natural forestlands.
Peter continues to assist in these environmental efforts, volunteering with local organizations to maintain trails and preserve wild spaces. He earned his BA from Wake Forest University in Anthropology with minors in Creative Writing and Environmental Studies, graduating summa cum laude.
Beyond his work with Elevate, you’ll find Peter outdoors! He loves hitting the trails for a long run on the weekend and reading—preferably fiction and short stories—in public parks.
My favorite way to spend a Sunday afternoon is to read a book, preferably outside, and then make a nice dinner while listening to music.
If I could be a punctuation mark, I would be an em dash--they're so versatile and fun, and I like to hope that I have those qualities too!
My hidden talent is remembering birthdays. I'm not always as good as I would like to be at remembering people's names, but once I learn someone's birthday, it's locked in my brain.