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A'Nova Ettien

Special Projects (temporary role)


A’Nova (she/her) is transitioning out of her former full-time role in Development & Communications. During this time, she provides support to staff members across the organization, on a project-specific basis. Her limited scope of engagement includes federal awards administration, evaluation, and some program facilitation and staffing. A'Nova is a 2015 Fellow of the PNW Regional Network, and following the completion of this transition, she looks forward to continued connection with the many amazing people she's met in the course of working with ELP's communities of service.

A'Nova has led ELP's grants strategy and supported a range of fundraising and operations efforts. She finds deep resonance in the principles of Community Centric Fundraising. Her broader work at ELP has supported understanding, focusing, and communicating the evolving impact of our programs. She is most energized by ELP's commitment to deepening equity-centering and anti-racism work in programs and operations. She brings more than 20 years of experience in a wide range of fields (including print journalism, education, international and domestic public health, food service, new-parent education, academic research, and non-profit fundraising, operations, and strategy). A'Nova earned a B.A. in English from Reed College and a Master's degree in Public Health from Boston University with a dual concentration in Maternal & Child Health and in Health Law, Bioethics, & Human Rights. She has always been deeply compelled by the interconnectedness of things, and believes this is an essential perspective to maintain-- especially in our present world where so many things are treated as being separate and independent despite overwhelming evidence that all systems are inextricably linked.

A’Nova is also a parent (bio and step), a sister, a third-generation hand knitter, a volunteer doula, a longtime learner of Spanish, and a staunch defender of the Oxford (or serial) comma. She loves things that are both beautiful and functional —from textiles, ceramics, and language, to engaging spaces and simple, brilliant ideas. She tries hard to spend time outside with her family every day.