“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead
From a very young age, I understood that service was a way of life. Born and raised in Tokyo, Japan, to missionary parents, I saw first-hand what a group of committed citizens can do to change the world. My parents were sent to Japan by the United Methodist church but once there joined hands with people of many faiths to promote peace and justice, heal the sick, feed the hungry, and bring hope to those who had very little.
My parents gave me full rein to follow whatever dreams I might have but I always knew I wanted to create positive change for the world. After five years on Wall Street and ten years as a journalist I turned to nonprofits to fulfill that calling. I found my sweet spot in fundraising, where I could combine my business and communications experience to work for the common good, transforming shared beliefs and hopes into action. The icing: I get to work with wonderful volunteers, committed staff, dedicated board members, and generous donors to strengthen the fabric of our communities.
Fundraising is a funny thing; to be successful, one must be equally as comfortable crunching numbers and analyzing data as one is approaching donors, funders, and stakeholders to build genuine and authentic relationships. I feel lucky to say I am good at and deeply enjoy both sides of this work.