how I got started | My family is from Oakland, California. I am a
second-generation Oakland native. Parents grew up in 60's and were part
of the social movement of 60's and 70's and helped our community. The
galvanizing experience for me happened after the civil unrest in LA due
to the Rodney King beating verdict.
why this job?| My inspiration is that things could be different.
Suffering, racism, sexism, it didn't have to be that way; we could work
together and change it. And a community could come together and change
it and in some way be an example. For me, among my peers, I went through
a series of fortunate events, gained experience, mentorship and support
of others and have been able to become a leader in my community. There
are people more capable that I that never really got a shot. My goal is
to make sure everyone gets a shot, regardless of where you were born and
under what circumstances.
why I love this job!| People I work with. The staff is
brilliant, funny, and passionate group of people.
When people are most impacted by a system or a law or some injustice we
come up with ways to change it and work together to solve problems. It's
incredibly inspiring to see that change and I love that about my work.
People will see me on the street and come up and talk about how our work
meant something to them. The appreciation of what we are trying to do
is something I love about this job.
my typical day| From 8:40 -9:20 I read and write emails. A big
part of my day is planning and evaluations, I talk to people on phone,
and also do a lot of writing. Then more emailing, at around 5:30 -6:30
pm. I also do a lot of what we call P.O.P, Purpose Outcome and Profit
work. I do a lot of work at that level and then the staff carries it out
at the operational level. I'm also involved in a lot of meetings, write
pieces or edit pieces. And of course, trouble shooting anything that
what they are | I think in the social sector it is often money.
And for us, some of the challenges are being able to spend enough time
building a funding partnership to pursue the vision and balancing that
with our program work. We are not built to raise money. We are built to
make change, so balancing that is hard. Feeling like you are no longer
in the work, because now your job is to plan and write, so being removed
from the helping, for example, going from being a player to being a
all about growth | A lot of it depends on the organization. There
certainly is a demand, but it's a hard position to fill well. You have
to be a good match in terms of skill, temperament, and knowledge of the
area. People that know their field and know their area do really well.