Devon Dunbar (She/Her) is a grant writer and communications specialist who has worked for several nonprofit organizations. Devon values creating and maintaining relationships with other professionals across the sector. She enjoys learning about and being a part of local, regional, and national organizations that address issues of all kinds and aspires to be a dynamic philanthropist and development professional in the world of nonprofits. Devon is passionate about environmental issues and greatly appreciates organizations whose mission focuses on them.
Devon began her career in 2015 as a Conservation Canvasser for Salmon Beyond Borders in Juneau, Alaska, working alongside Juneau’s tight-knit community to spread awareness about a local environmental issue that would affect residents’ livelihoods. With a small but mighty team, Devon and her colleagues canvassed three towns in Southeast Alaska in just two months and presented a film about the issue to local residents. Their work reached hundreds of people residing in urban areas, the suburbs, and local tribal areas and created a more thorough understanding of the relationship between ecology and maintaining a way of life.
Following her graduation from SUNY Potsdam, where she earned her B.A. in Environmental Studies, Devon studied Environmental Policy through the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry’s Master of Professional Studies program. She was a Volunteer Coordinator, working alongside the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation and the Onondaga Environmental Institute to provide public education and awareness of local aquatic invasive species. She later worked as a Legal Assistant and Notary Public and continued to learn the intricacies of nonprofits at a regional Philanthropy Serving Organization and a local museum.
Devon lives in Syracuse, NY with her fiancé and their two cats, Potato and Zena, and enjoys kayaking and hammocking at the family camp in the Adirondacks.