Jake Penders

Development Officer

Jake Penders is the Development Officer for the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). Jake works closely with the Vice President of Development and Deputy Director of Development to support the Center’s institutional giving portfolio, annual campaign, and grants management process.

Prior to joining CNAS, Jake worked for Elevate, a consulting firm in Washington, DC focused on grant writing and institutional fundraising for non-profit organizations located across the United States. While there, he held senior level positions in both the project coordination and business development departments contributing to the firm’s growth.

Before moving to Washington and joining Elevate, Jake worked as a grants manager at HELP USA, a national non-profit headquartered in New York City which provides access to affordable housing for military veterans and their families, as well as other groups afflicted by the growing homelessness crisis.

Jake received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, History, and Humanitarian Affairs from Fordham University, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa. Upon graduation, Jake was awarded a grant through the U.S. Fulbright Student Program to serve as an English Teaching Assistant in the Slovak Republic. His interests include conflict resolution, statecraft, and diplomacy and is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

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