What do you do professionally?
I serve as the Vice President of Community Impact and Operations at the United Way of Greater New Bedford, where I manage our funding allocations and facilitate our South End Engaged work.
How are you involved in the community and what motivates you to engage?
I want there to be a world where everyone has an equal opportunity to reach his/her full potential – regardless of his/her zip code, race, gender, sexuality, or socioeconomic status. That’s what motivates me every day.
I am lucky enough to strive towards this personal mission through my work at United Way. Much of my day is spent working on community issues, with a particular focus on issues affecting those who are at-risk or live in poverty. Through our South End Engaged work, United Way convenes over 40 cross-sector organizations and residents from across New Bedford to work on improving the quality of life for South End residents. We also fund numerous programs across Greater New Bedford – from youth employment opportunities in our Summer Fund program to our Community Building Mini-Grants that puts the power in residents’ hands to improve their community.
What did you find most valuable about the LSC experience and how did it contribute to your community leadership?
I am fairly new to the South Coast, so LSC provided a tremendous opportunity to learn more about the landscape of issues affecting the South Coast. I particularly enjoyed the energy day site visits and learning more about renewable energy sources and agriculture in the South Coast – issue areas that I’m less familiar with. Participating in LSC was also a great way to strengthen my professional network and day-to-day work. For example, I met a few people in my class and through the site visits that are now active members of South End Engaged.
Describe your leadership in one word.