Job title: Executive Director
Employed by: Porter-Gaud Foundation
What I like most about my job: It is difficult to pick one thing I enjoy the most. I would really have to pick two different directions. The first area I truly enjoy is anything that involves strategic thinking. I love to see all of the puzzle pieces and determine how they are best going to fit together, how they need to change, and how to make them as effective and efficient as possible. The second has to be relationship building. I love working with individuals, foundations, and corporations to be a matchmaker of sorts. To see an organization’s mission come to fruition because there has been an opportunity to foster a donor and/or leader’s passion is an incredible experience.
As the Lowcountry Chapter's VP of Strategic Planning, my goal this year is to: Strategic Planning isn’t about right now; it is about where and who we want to be a few years down the road, and then determining what objectives and tactics are necessary to achieve those goals. I am really excited for AFP Lowcountry to continue to improve upon an already amazing foundation of leadership and drive within the nonprofit community. It is my hope that we focus on being proactive and establish a plan that will lead us to be the strongest AFP chapter in the country, and I absolutely believe we are entirely capable of getting there. We have incredible resources in the Lowcountry: people who have either transformed the industry, or no doubt will, and we need to provide a platform for their voices to be heard, networking opportunities to take place, lessons to be learned, discussions to be had, and new ideas and partnerships to be formed.
I'm originally from: I grew up in Charleston – in the Old Village of Mt. Pleasant.
My hobbies include: CrossFit, Wakeboarding, Painting
Something my AFP colleagues might not know about me is: I am a first degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do.
If I had one week to do anything I wanted, I would: That’s tough…a big part of me would want to spend the time with my family. However, after a semester with the most amazing professor of Modern Russian History, I became incredibly interested in WWII, and everything that went just before and after. I have always wanted to do a “Trip to the Camps” – visiting as many obscure and well known concentration camps throughout Germany, Poland, Austria, etc. There were over 10,000 camps all told, a number impossible to accomplish in a week’s time, but an amazingly powerful journey nonetheless. I feel that this is one of the many pieces of history we should acknowledge, understand, and from which we should gain as much insight as humanly possible.