Elyse Oliver


In her time at Bennett Midland, Elyse has supported a nation-wide scaling strategy for Spark MicroGrants in Rwanda, which will enable 14,000 villages to launch their own social impact projects. She is a lead team member supporting the Safety and Justice Challenge—a $150 million initiative to reduce the misuse and overuse of jails with funding from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Elyse also collaborates with a team of researchers and cities advancing a national study on the economic impact of dedicated bike lanes, and provides technical assistance to mayoral teams participating in the Bloomberg Philanthropes Innovation Teams Program.

Before joining Bennett Midland, Elyse worked with the Southeast Community Development Corporation in Baltimore engaging residents and business owners to create a more vibrant downtown corridor. In addition, she provided research assistance to the Public Justice Center for a study on tenant experiences in Baltimore Rent Court. Elyse is the founder of a social startup called Project Charmify, which uses public space activation and hands-on workshops to teach high school students leadership and community development skills. Elyse graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a BA in International Studies and Sociology.

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