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Sarah Mitchell

Sarah Mitchell

Supervising Director of Grant Writing
Hometown: Washington, DC

Pronouns: she/her

Sarah is a lifelong DC area resident who has dedicated her career to supporting non-profit organizations through fundraising, project management, and event planning. She brings to Elevate a depth of experience and passion for translating the work of non-profits for funders and the general public.

Prior to coming to Elevate, Sarah was Director of Development at Rock Creek Conservancy, a local watershed conservation group, where she managed all foundation, corporate, and individual support for the organization. At the Autism Society, a disability advocacy and support organization, she served as the National Conference Director, managing the logistics and fundraising for the 1,200 person annual event. As Major Gifts Officer at Greenpeace, she managed foundation and individual support for environmental initiatives and actions as well as special events for the major donor groups. She began her career as a project manager at The Nature Conservancy, moving into training and fundraising roles with the Conservation Science and Marketing departments.

Sarah has a bit of a problem with volunteering too much, especially when her children are involved. As a result, she has served in various PTA positions and has run numerous school silent auctions. In addition, she volunteers regularly with her family with Rock Creek Conservancy and A Wider Circle.

Sarah attended Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota where she majored in English and Anthropology.

She loves to cook, read, see live music and hike in parks around DC with her husband and children.

What's your hidden talent?

I took and taught rifle at summer camp, I am really good at target shooting. A little odd for a pro-gun control vegetarian.

What's your biggest grammatical pet peeve?

Apostrophes where they don’t belong. I also have shockingly strong feelings about the Oxford comma.

What book could you read 50 times?

Currently it is A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara, but in the past it was Pride and Predjudice by Jane Austen

What's your favorite way to spend a Sunday afternoon?

Eating nachos and not really watching football with my husband and kids.

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