What is your profession? How do you spend your days?
I am passionate about the field of public health and I run the employee wellness program over at Columbia Sportswear’s headquarters. I create programs and communications to engage employees in their personal health and well-being. In my free time, I enjoy hiking and exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest. I am a runner, traveler, I love going to live music shows and I try to spend as much time as I can with my husband and my two nieces who are ages 7 and 4.
What has inspired you to be an engaged philanthropist?
I think a lot about the footprint I want to leave on the world and being a philanthropist and volunteer is a great way to have a deep and lasting impact on my community.
What do you value about Social Venture Partners?
I value quite a few things about my experience with SVP. Such as the opportunity to work with local non-profits and provide my professional skill set where they need it. My experience has been that the Investees are so grateful for the time, work and guidance I’m able to contribute, and the reality is, I get so much in return. I’ve had the opportunity to learn about a new (to me) issue in our community: early childhood education and kindergarten readiness. I’ve been able to connect this cause back to my love of public health, since education is really at the foundation of what sets an individual up to live a prosperous and healthy life. I’ve also had the opportunity to learn about real issues that some of the at-risk and under-served populations are facing in our community and I appreciate the frank dialogue that SVP encourages about these issues. Finally, SVP has provided me the opportunity to meet a lot of great people in our community, I would probably have never met otherwise. This includes other Partners, staff and volunteers as well as the individuals who work at the non-profits that SVP invests in. When all of this comes together it really is quite inspiring. The short answer to this question would have been: SVP makes me feel good!
What do you want to accomplish in your next decade?
I’ve found the saying “life is what happens while you are busy making other plans” to be especially–and at times harshly–true (thank you, John Lennon). I would like to continue down the road I am on and hope in the next 10-years to be more polished and seasoned in my professional skill set, to always be learning, to feel like I am creating a thoughtful and meaningful legacy, and to have more travel and adventure under my belt!
What criteria do you use in deciding where to focus your philanthropy?
I’m definitely interested in organizations that focus on social issues like poverty, health disparities and education, so that’s first and foremost. Secondly, I look to work with and invest in organizations that are focused on delivering a big impact for their buck. I think the SVP model that combines human capital with philanthropy is not only innovative, but also has the potential to have a far-reaching and deep impact.