Elaine Pinson is a development professional specializing in grant writing and grants management. She has over a decade of success in obtaining federal, state, and local government support, and foundation and corporate funding for nonprofit organizations serving the greater Washington, DC, region. Prior to joining Halcyon as the advancement strategist, Pinson held several positions at the Washington Area Community Investment Fund (Wacif), most recently as the development officer, where she helped raise more than $8 million in operating and program support, and capital investments for the loan fund.

Prior to Wacif, Pinson was an assistant buyer for Smithsonian Business Ventures and an account manager for Norrell Staffing Services. Pinson has a master’s degree in the History of Decorative Arts, a joint program of the Corcoran College of Art + Design and The Smithsonian Associated (now the Corcoran School of Arts & Design at The George Washington University) and a bachelor of art’s degree from Dartmouth College with a major in economics and minors in African-American and women’s Studies. Pinson is a member of the Smithsonian Women’s Committee, which supports the mission of the Smithsonian Institution through fundraising activities and grantmaking. She and her husband, Leo, are avid travelers, movie lovers, and cat parents to Maximus and Sophie.