Marketing and Communications Officer
Why do you do what you do?
Born and raised in a rural, tight-knit Bay Area community, I have had a front row seat to the dramatic changes taking place here over the last three decades. After the 2016 presidential election, my priorities changed. Although my first job out of college was in nonprofit consulting, I was eventually drawn into the technology sector and spent several years helping to build financial tech companies. After the dust began to settle in the winter of 2016, I realized that I would regret every day thereafter that I didn’t spend working directly to improve the condition of our country.
What drew you to the foundation?
The foundation’s crystal-clear commitment to racial and economic equity resonates with me in a profound way. I have called the Bay Area home for most of my life; it is the region where I grew up, the one I know best, and the one which I am most compelled to help.
How would you describe your role?
My role is to spark that same commitment to equity in as many new people as possible and to bring the community’s ideas back to the foundation. In short, to give the foundation a chance to galvanize the newcomers to action and better equip those who are already doing the work. I work in community engagement, which means that I have the privilege of bringing together our many partners and strengthening the relationships with and among them. We do this through events, communications, interactive forums, and more. I also collaborate with other foundation teams, including the Partnership for HOPE SF, Planned Giving, and Nurturing Equity Movements.