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Nate is an administrative assistant at Bristol Community College’s New Bedford campus and the assistant director of recreation for the Town of Marion. He’s very active in the community, serving on a number of committees and boards in New Bedford, including serving as a member of LSC’s Alumni Mentor Initiative. “Access and equity in arts and culture, economic development, and education are my purpose. I am motivated by finding ways to make New Bedford the best place to live, work, and raise a family,” says Nate.

What did you find most valuable about participating in LSC?

The immersion days were probably the most valuable takeaway from my Leadership SouthCoast experience. The opportunity to meet and hear directly from a variety of professionals across the South Coast who live, breathe, and work in the trenches, day in and day out, and understand both the challenges we face and the strengths and opportunities of our region. It also allowed me to see, firsthand, some of the leadership concepts taught throughout our positive leadership curriculum, put into real-life practice.

In what community initiatives are you involved? What motivates you to engage?

Access, and Equity in Arts & Culture, Economic Development, and Education are my purpose. I am motivated by finding ways to make New Bedford the best place to live, work, and raise a family.  I currently serve on the Board of the New Bedford Education Foundation, that seeks to channel funds to the enhancement and expansion of educational opportunities provided to the students of New Bedford Public Schools. I also serve as Vice President of the Board of Downtown New Bedford Inc., a non-profit organization providing marketing, education, and advocacy to downtown New Bedford stakeholders in order to bring more people downtown every day to shop, dine, and enjoy all that our community has to offer. Additionally, I serve on the City of New Bedford’s Creative Consortium, whose purpose is to oversee  the execution of the citywide strategic Arts and Culture Plan, and the AHA! Steering Committee which is dedicated to invigorating the downtown New Bedford cultural scene using the power of the arts and cultural enterprise, creativity, and collaboration to forge a new economy.

What’s the best leadership advice you’ve ever received?

Don’t let your title define you or hold you back.  Our value is not based on accolades, recognition, or expertise instead it is based on authenticity, integrity, and the motivation to always do what’s right.  A great leader, inspired me and changed my life by believing in me and believing that despite the title after my name, I could and would always do more than what I was expected to do. We all have a purpose and we all have something to contribute.

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