I have spent the past decade working in development, first in education, before transitioning to the non-profit sector. Outside of work, I am a first-time mom to a five-month-old baby boy and enjoy spending as much time with him as I can. I am also a certified yoga instructor and try to teach when my schedule allows.
What is your position at StoryCorps and how long have you been with the organization?
I’m the director of individual giving and have been at StoryCorps for a little over two years. My role touches on so many areas of giving: online giving, direct mail efforts, events, and more. But in essence, I try to find ways to engage our donors and deepen their relationship with StoryCorps and our leadership. Individual donors provide StoryCorps with flexible funds that allow us to adapt to whatever needs may arise and make StoryCorps a great place to work. This support is vital and we literally could not do our work without it.
What are some challenges and rewards of your job?
The challenge of my job is that it covers so many aspects of giving; it’s really a diverse role. The rewarding aspects are the great people I work with and seeing our program grow. Looking toward 2023, we are very excited to have an in-person gala—our first since the pandemic began—in honor of StoryCorps’ 20th anniversary. Creating space for people to come together, celebrate, and experience StoryCorps is very rewarding.
What is a typical week like for you?
In development, our work is cyclical. Right now, we are really focused on end-of-year giving. A majority of our individual donors give at the end of the year, so we are working on messaging for Giving Tuesday (the Tuesday after Thanksgiving) and email messaging for December. During a given week, I am usually working with the development, marketing, and leadership teams to strategize new ways to bring our mission to life, inspire people to give, and show the impact of their support.
What is your favorite StoryCorps story?
I love the story “Double Major,” which is now an animation. It is the first StoryCorps story that I remember hearing back when it first aired in June 2012, and it was a broadcast on NPR. I was standing in my parent’s backyard when it came on the radio and had that classic “StoryCorps moment” where I just started crying (something I know many of our listeners have experienced as well). It’s such a moving story about a dad in his twenties who goes to college after serving in the Navy, with his infant daughter in tow. Somehow, he balances being an older student taking care of a baby and working, while also playing on the college basketball team.
Why do you think everyone should record a story with StoryCorps?
There is nothing like having the voice of your friends and family preserved—especially after they are gone. It’s very special and truly priceless.