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About Us

Here at Just Look Left, we're so excited to partner with you!

Our goal is to get you to where you're going and help you build trusted partnerships along the way. We are guided by these core tenets which we bring to every project, no matter the size.

Transparency  |  Quality  |  Trust  |  Creativity  |  Intentionality

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Meet The Team

Meet the women behind Just Look Left - Creative Grant Consulting

Our small but mighty team brings unique strengths, talents and perspectives to offer an unmatched experience for our clients. Think of us as an extension of your organization, your trusted allies, and your partners in all things development.


Elaine Navarro

Founder/Owner & 
Chief Awesome Officer

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Sara Parker

Grant Writer 

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Mariah Balderamma

Grant Writer

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Rachel Davis

Director of Client Experience

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Our Story

Just Look Left - Creative Grant Consulting was launched in July 2020 by Elaine Navarro, Founder and CAO (that's short for Chief Awesome Officer). Thirsty for a renewed sense of purpose in her life, this leap was made possible thanks in great part to the encouragement (and endless coaxing) of her visionary husband Adam. Never in a million years did Elaine think that this "little side hustle" would ever become anything more. However, it didn't take long for her to realize that magic happens in the space where passion, skill, and creativity all collide. 

Since this time, Elaine has been able to grow Just Look Left into a full-time grant consulting firm, partnering with stellar clients to help make their dreams come true. And you want to know what's really cool? Just Look Left is now operated as a collective effort. We are a team of four dynamite consultants who each bring a unique and valuable perspective to this work. Hey, who ever said grant writing can't be fun?! Not us.

What's in a name?

Just Look Left...? What does that even mean!? Well, the namesake for our firm came from an epic Mother-Daughter adventure back in 2017. While galivanting around London, Elaine and her rad momma found that guidebooks and travel blogs simply fell short. Their most memorable adventures came from venturing out, remaining curious, and more often than not, "just looking left" down unique alleyways and side streets to find the city's hidden gems. Just Look Left became the informal tagline for this adventure.

Elaine purchased the URL with the still unfulfilled intention of starting a unique food tour in her hometown. Life happened and time marched on. In July 2020 when she launched the grant consulting business, Elaine wanted a catchy name that meant something to her. Just Look Left continued to resonate, but in an entirely new way. In grant consulting, it is imperative to be curious, approaching each day with an open-heart and open-mind. By remaining inquisitive and welcoming to new opportunities, sometimes all it takes for us to find the next perfect funder, partnership, or client is simply by "just looking left."

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