In her time at Bennett Midland, Elyse has supported the development of a nation-wide scaling strategy for Spark MicroGrants in Rwanda, which will enable 14,000 villages to launch their own social impact projects. She also coordinates our firm’s support of a national study examining the economic impact of dedicated bike lanes in seven U.S. cities, and collaborates with Bloomberg Philanthropies in the administration of the Innovation Teams grant program, providing direct support to a cohort of mayoral teams.
Before joining Bennett Midland, Elyse worked with the Southeast Community Development Corporation in Baltimore, MD engaging residents and business owners in creating 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.