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Rashida Muhammad

Hometown: Washington, DC

Rashida brings to Elevate more than 19 years of experience in grant writing, program planning, research, evaluation, and nonprofit management. She has a passion for working on issues related to health disparities, reproductive justice, and gender equity.

Before joining the Elevate team, Rashida was the Director of Fundraising and Development at AIDS United. Prior to that, she was on the grants team at the United Way of Central Maryland. In both roles, she involved in grant writing and development projects, as well as grant-making activities. For the past few years, Rashida also has also served as an Adjunct Faculty member at a local university where she teaches various aspects public health research methods, program development, evaluation, and grantsmanship skills to graduate-level students.

Over the past ten years, Rashida has successfully developed, coordinated, and implemented various education, social service and public health intervention activities. These interventions were specific to women and girls, youth, and marginalized groups, and were implemented at the local, national, and international levels. Rashida is in the dissertation phase of earning her DrPH; her research, academic, and volunteer activities have led her to what she considers her second home of Ghana.

In her free time, Rashida can be found seeking out good coffee, spending time with friends and family (a restaurant is usually involved), or exploring new FOREX trading strategies with her investment club.

What punctuation mark would you be and why?

I would be a question mark. I usually want to know more about people or why people do what they do.

What is your grammatical pet peeve?

Adding a space before a period or comma.

What is your favorite way to spend a Sunday afternoon?

If it is raining, binge-watching my favorite shows with a good cup of coffee. If it is sunny, I love to be out visiting friends and family.

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