How long have you been with Charity Search Group?
I have been a Senior Search Consultant with Charity Search Group since July 2022.
What is your favorite part about working at Charity Search Group?
My favorite part about working at Charity Search Group is the opportunity to partner with so many different, impactful, Mission-driven organizations. Our search firm focuses on identifying and placing fundraising talent. I enjoy that I get to match amazing philanthropic professionals with organizations and Missions that resonate with them.
What does your job entail?
My job entails partnering with nonprofit clients to understand their fundraising talent needs, and defining candidate competencies that would be a match for clients’ work and teams. I also identify and communicate with philanthropy talent to understand their skills and career goals, and how these might align with Charity Search Group client organizations.
What do you think makes Charity Search Group unique?
Charity Search Group is unique in that our team is made up of individuals who are very knowledgeable about both fundraising and nonprofit organizations. Nonprofit organizations function uniquely, so having experts on our team that understand how nonprofits work as well as how to fundraise for them helps reassure our clients that they’re partnering with a search group that knows their stuff!
What’s one thing people don’t know about you that they would be surprised to find out?
I have travelled to almost 30 countries, most of which have been for sociological or anthropological excursions–or food trips. 🙂 I’m a people-person (which comes with the territory as a Recruiter!) and I was probably Anthony Bourdain in another life.
How have you been involved in the nonprofit sector in the past?
I have spent my career in service to the nonprofit sector! I hold a Masters degree in Nonprofit Management and have held talent acquisition, human resources, and operations roles at nonprofit organizations with Missions focused on a variety of areas, including conservation, child advocacy, women empowerment, and international development.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
House projects. 🙂 Keeping-a-house is definitely an interesting challenge when you have two small children, but Old Time Pottery (a home decor warehouse) is my favorite store and happy-place, and I enjoy taking on (small) house projects that help to make our space a home.
What causes are you passionate about?
I am multi-passionate and there are many, many causes that I care about. Women’s rights and empowerment is one cause that stands out. I serve as a Board Member for Dress for Success Tampa Bay in addition to my work with Charity Search Group, and I am very motivated by work and causes that help women thrive both professionally and in their personal lives.
What is the best career lesson you’ve learned so far?
Self-care and acknowledgement of needs in our personal lives has a direct correlation to our success professionally. As a nonprofit professional that cares deeply about mission-driven work, it can sometimes be hard for us to create space between our work and personal priorities. But healthy work-life balance–or, more realistically, work-life integration–is necessary to ensure there’s equilibrium in what’s important to us as professionals and as regular human beings.
What three words would you use to describe yourself?