Job Title: Partner & Principal
How I describe my job at Vela Strategy: My specialty is applied research (surveys, interviews, focus groups, etc.) — and my inner nerd really shines when I get to use my research background to focus on creating more inclusive communities and organizations, where everyone has a chance to bring their gifts forward. At Vela, our aim is to connect people to purpose, helping leaders find the resources and support they need to do the most good. Our work often involves helping clients understand opportunity, audience, and outreach, and providing technical assistance with fundraising, grant writing, messaging, community engagement, and assessment.
3 words to describe myself: Creative, Curious, Compassionate.
Favorite quote: “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'” –Martin Luther King, Jr.
Advice to my younger self: Go slow, get comfortable, settle in, but keep pushing. There is plenty of time to change the world.
One thing I love about WORKUP: The culture of “yes…and” that drives collaboration and innovation. Everyone here does this so naturally. It’s beautiful, encouraging, and revolutionary.