She is a committed volunteer to senior causes, a UW evening MBA student and full-time employee at the Gates Foundation. This year, as part of her UW MBA program, she is one of two Board Fellows with Northaven’s Board of Trustees.
“Even though I am busy with work and school, I want to give because seniors are so often forgotten. I see the need for helping elders who need care but may have outlived their income. Personally, I’m motivated because my parents are aging and will need more care. Moreover, my grandmother lived her final years happily in a Detroit senior home, so supporting an organization like Northaven really resonates. Finally, there is an ethic of volunteering for senior causes in my family: my mother volunteers at the Snoqualmie Senior Center. On a broader level, I love that Northaven feels like a college for seniors and that I get to be a part of supporting a vibrant community.”
What is the Fellows Program?
“Attracting new, young and diverse people to Northaven’s board is vital to having an informed leadership, and a wider ability to secure resources in these tough economic times.
But how do you do that? In conjunction with the UW—and as part of our capstone project to secure our MBAs—my fellow student and board member Adarsh Mohapatra and I are leading a one-year program, called the Fellows Program. The first step was conducting an exhaustive survey of existing board members to discover what we now have—and need. The second step was research about boards in similar organizations. Our final presentation to the board will be in June. But we will not only make recommendations about what could be done, but we also will provide information about resources for implementation. I am very honored to be able to help Northaven and its board look forward.”