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Rachel Ellison

Grant Writer
Hometown: Scio, NY

Rachel is driven by the desire to be part of positive social change. She came to Elevate after honing her passion for nonprofit work at various organizations in Rochester, NY as a volunteer, an intern, and a fellow. In these roles, she gained firsthand experience with advocacy and community engagement as well as nonprofit development. Having always loved the written word and how powerful it can be in bringing people together, she is excited to use her writing to further the work of nonprofits whose work is invaluable to communities and the individuals they serve.

Rachel earned her BA in Public Health with a concentration in Health, Behavior, and Society and a minor in Philosophy from the University of Rochester. As her studies largely focused on maternal and child health and global health, she also designed and conducted her own anthropological research in Malawi and was a research assistant on multiple public health research projects at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

When Rachel isn’t writing grants, she likes to enjoy a cup of coffee with friends and listen to music. As a newcomer to the DC area, she can be found exploring the city looking for good food and visiting the botanic gardens.

What is your hidden talent?

Baking! But definitely not cooking.

What punctuation mark would you be and why?

The semicolon, because it makes connections and brings thoughts and ideas together.

What is your favorite way to spend a Sunday afternoon?

Using my French press to make a cup of coffee to drink while I sit on my back porch and read a good book.

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