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 foundation and government giving portfolios, annual campaign, and overall grants management process, including fulfilling reporting requirements to funders, proposal development, and attachment planning. In addition, he holds a Salesforce Administrator role focused on record keeping of all Center-wide contributions and data integrity.

Prior to joining CNAS, Jake worked for Elevate, a consulting firm in Washington, DC focused on providing grant writing services and institutional fundraising support 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 homelessness.

Jake received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, History, and Humanitarian Affairs from Fordham University, where he was Magma Cum Laude and graduated Phi Beta Kappa. Upon graduation, Jake was awarded a grant through the U.S. Fulbright Student Program and served as an English Teaching Assistant in the Slovak Republic for a year. Jake is also a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Washington DC Metro Chapter.

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