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Elevation DC is a weekly online magazine focused on what's next for the city. We're creating a new narrative about D.C., one that connects our readers with everyone and everything moving the city and region forward--NOT just politics and pork-barrel spending. In our weekly issues, we highlight the people, ideas, neighborhoods, companies and institutions that make D.C. great.

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Meet the Team

Managing editor Rachel Kaufman
Rachel is a tech, business and science journalist passionate about her adopted hometown of Washington, D.C. She lives in Brookland.
Rachel has written for Inc., CNNMoney, ScientificAmerican.com, National Geographic News and others. She also helped launch and manage a blog about jobs and jobseeking in the media for Mediabistro.com, and has edited and produced the careers and continuing education section for the Washington Post Express.

Innovation and Jobs news editor Christina Sturdivant
Christina Sturdivant is a native Washingtonian who's always watching and writing about the latest cultural, community and innovative trends in the city. She's interested in people and companies that create equitable opportunities for longtime residents and transplants alike. Locally, you may have seen her byline in the Afro-American Newspapers, Urban Scrawl DC, the Hillrag and East City Art, just to name a few. Nationally, she has authored pieces in HBCU Digest and Diverse: Issues in Higher Education. She does most of her writing at indie coffee shops in the city, but will never (ever!) hesitate to grab a white mocha from Starbucks.

Publisher Anne Tillema
Anne Tillema has 15 years of experience running organizations and managing multi-million dollar fundraising efforts. She has helped numerous national and international non-profit and political organizations expand and diversify their funding resources through small and large individual gifts, foundation grants and corporate sponsorships. She has successfully planned and executed a diverse cross-section of international and national events, ranging from a week-long conferences to high-profile media events to small, intimate fundraising events. Most recently, she played a central role in the transformation and expansion of a Millennial-led organization, Mobilize.org, in order to creatively strengthen its impact and structure as its Director of Development and Operations and acting Executive Director. While a world traveler at heart, Anne has lived and worked in Washington, D.C. for over 12 years.
Our parent company
We are published by Issue Media Group, a Detroit-based media company specializing in developing web-based magazines about local communities.

Our editorial/conflict of interest policy
Our funding comes from foundations, corporations, and more, whose ads you can see decorating the various pages of Elevation. These foundations have access to the editorial team to pitch stories, but do not control what Elevation covers or how. If you have any questions about these policies, please e-mail [email protected].
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