I’m a native New Yorker with Southern roots in North Carolina. I was born and raised in the mid-Hudson Valley near the Catskill Mountains and not far from where The Nature Conservancy got its start. If I were making a list of my personal heroes in conservation, folk singer/activist Pete Seeger would be on that list for championing the restoration and preservation of the majestic Hudson River, which flows past my hometown of Poughkeepsie.
I’ve fallen in love with my adopted state of North Carolina, from the Outer Banks to the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Research Triangle area is a vibrant place to live, and my work for The Nature Conservancy allows me to help preserve the natural communities that sustain us and contribute to a higher quality of life for everyone.
Year started at TNC: I joined TNC in 2012 in my current role as Associate Director of Philanthropy for the North Carolina Chapter. Although I have a Master’s degree in Sociology and previously worked as a social scientist in program evaluation, when I moved to North Carolina I launched a new career in nonprofits and found my calling in philanthropy. I am passionate about The Nature Conservancy and working for TNC gives me the opportunity to make an impact internationally and locally.
A typical good day for you at work: By nature, I am a facilitator and a connector. I interact with TNC donors building and maintaining strong relationships – keeping them informed, involved and connected to The Nature Conservancy in the ways they wish to be connected. Giving is powerful. At its best, it is a transformative experience for the donor and the recipient.
It’s a good day for me when I make that right connection, matching a donor to the TNC initiative or opportunity that provides that transformative experience for the donor and furthers TNC’s mission to protect the land and water on which all life depends.
It feels good to work for an organization with core values matching my own: To work with integrity to achieve lasting results through non-confrontational, collaborative approaches that embrace diversity.
Favorite TNC Preserve and why: I am at the beginning of a long journey of discovery, learning about and exploring TNC preserves. I’ll be happy to report back on a few of my favorites as time goes by!
Place in the world you would most like to visit but have never been to: There are many places I hope to visit. Lately, I’ve been thinking about a trip to Alaska or Vancouver and Victoria Island. Pretty chilly places for someone of Middle Eastern heritage!