What are you most excited about?
I'm really excited about seeing our work in person. I've never seen a USTAC program in action (aside from footage in our vaults). I'm a former teacher and being in a room with students helps energize me. And after so many years of challenges due to COVID, I look forward to being in a space or outdoors with youth again.
What is your
I'm an Interim, so my BHAG in whatever time I'm here is to help make our systems simpler so that we can focus more of our energies on the work of helping students. If I can do that, I'll feel like I've accomplished a great deal.
What do you see being the biggest obstacle/opportunity?
COVID is still with us. Although schools are back up and running, there aren't enough subs and even teachers to do the work. If schools are so busy just getting teachers in the classrooms, it's going to be challenging to set up our programs since we need school partners to make US work. I'm optimistic that things will get a lot better in the next 2-3 months.
How do you like to settle into a new driver's seat?
I'd like to get to know the team and the systems that keep an organization afloat. I'm a systems thinker and believe you have to find efficiencies so that you don't burn your people out and yourself out. It's going to take time but I have ideas from my years starting and growing nonprofits. Excited for the challenge!