Q: Tell us a little about your organization. Mission? Population you serve? What do you like most about working there?
MISSION: LeaderSpark ignites the power of youth leadership by providing practical leadership skills through a proven curriculum, training and coaching/mentor support.
VISION: LeaderSpark as a leader in Central Ohio’s collective impact initiative for youth; while delivering premier curriculum, coaching and programs for developing a diverse group of young leaders who have a positive impact on their communities.
WHO DO WE SERVE: LeaderSpark serves young people ages 14-24 in greater Franklin County, living in low-resource environments & whose circumstances create risk of ‘lower-life’ opportunities.
A: I jump out of bed each morning with a goal to be the type of person I needed when I was a teenager.
Q: How long have you been an AFP member, what’s been your past involvement and tell us more about your current roles?
A: I have been a member of AFP for nearly 4 years. My current role is as the Chair of the D & I Committee. Our committee’s goal is focused on developing programing, and resources for members of AFP and the fundraising community to promote inclusion and diversity as a strategic component in individual and organizational success.
Q: What do you consider the most valuable part of your AFP membership?
A: I seem to juggle work life harmony, so the most valuable part of my membership are the online tools and videos of various luncheons and best practices.
Q: What changes to do see happening in the Central Ohio fundraising community?
A: I see the value of fundraising teams elevating. I see Presidents and CEOs becoming engaged in the process. I also see organization realizing the need to build a pipeline of fundraising talent.
Q: What is your favorite part about living/working in Columbus? Favorite place to take a donor?
A: I enjoy the growing diversity of our city, it elevates the landscape in art, dining, events, mindset. MY favorite place to take a donor is to The Kitchen, where we have had some of our youth work along side of them to ‘prepare’ food.
Q: Tell us a fun fact about you that other AFP members wouldn’t know.
A: I played the bass throughout middle and High School- I dreamt of being in an all girl band, the Go-Gos and Beyonce’ beat me to it.
Posted June 2017