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Getting to know Douglas Gómez Mendiburu

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Meet Douglas, SVP Vancouver’s Program Manager!

We’re absolutely thrilled to introduce the newest member of our SVP Vancouver team, Douglas Gómez Mendiburu. Douglas will manage the development, implementation, and evaluation of our Investee and Partner programs towards strengthening and building capacity with these two stakeholders.

This community development nerd (his words!) has just the right set of skills and experience to strategically develop and enhance our SVP engagement activities to support the organizational goal of achieving SVP 2.0 in two years.

You’ll get the chance to meet Douglas soon – but until then, quench your curiosity with this Q + A…

774800_10151392145705932_212478119_oWhen you were a kid, what did you dream of being when you grew up?

When I was younger, I was very drawn to arts and design in general. I went from wanting to become an actor, to developing a strange obsession with architecture and graphic design. However as I grew older, I developed an interest for issues related to global affairs and social justice, which eventually led me to pursue a completely different path, both at a personal and professional levels.

What inspires you to make a difference in the world?

I draw my inspiration from witnessing how well-designed programs can catalyze a positive impact in our communities.

What is your guilty pleasure?

I love anything fried!

What book would you recommend everyone read?

I would recommend everyone to read What Is the What, by Dave Eggers. This book is the fictionalized memoir of Valentino Achak Deng, a Sudanese child refugee who immigrated to the United States following the Second Sudanese Civil War.

What drew you to SVP?

I think SVP’s framework to connect Partners and Investees is both fascinating and efficient. At the same time, working with SVP allows me to match my personal theory of change with my skillset. I am looking forward to creating value for our stakeholders!

DSC_0077_edTell us 2 truths and 1 lie.

  1. I visited Freddie Mercury’s childhood home in Zanzibar
  2. I am best friends with an Oscar-winner actor
  3. One time I visited New York, San Diego and Mexico City in less than 24 hours

The lie?

His BFF is not an Oscar-winning actor.

Do you have a question for Douglas? Send him a note!