Sushmita is passionate about nonprofit work and international development. Prior to working at Elevate, she taught English literature and creative writing as a Fulbright Scholar in India. She also volunteered as a content writer for Tiljala SHED, a nonprofit dedicated to uplifting the lives of rag pickers in Kolkata, West Bengal. Seeing the positive impact that well-written proposals and grants could have inspired her to continue building her career in nonprofit development.
Sushmita earned a BA in English from the University at Buffalo. During college, she enjoyed working as a writing consultant because it taught her how to guide writers from a variety of academic disciplines. She also led a pen pal program between students at the Buffalo Public Schools and students studying at a nonprofit in India.
When she’s not at Elevate, you can find her exploring the city, listening to podcasts, or relaxing with a cup of tea. Sushmita also loves writing snippets of conversation and dialogue and is likely to remember almost anything you say to her.
I'm great at unscrambling words. When I was a kid, I used to do the "Jumble" puzzle in the Sunday paper with my Dad. We'd spend hours trying to unscramble the words. Now I can usually do it in less than a few minutes.
I would be the em dash because I love connecting ideas and addressing the nuances of an argument. The em dash achieves this without disrupting the flow of a sentence or paragraph. I also love the em dash because it is versatile and can make writing sound less like writing and more like speech.
Going to a community event or exploring a part of the city that I haven't been to before.