When did you take The Bridge?
I took The Bridge in January 2010 if I recall. Along with many other great people and organizations, I met Ryan Hodgson, President and Founder of Team Up for Nonprofits at the conclusion of The Bridge program.
I currently serve with Team Up for Nonprofits as the Nonprofit Director, and previously as the Secretary on the Executive Team. I was intrigued by Team Up as they were such a young organization at the time I was introduced and they were in the infancy stages of development. With an Industrial Engineering background and process-focused mind, I saw opportunities to use my business and strategy skills to establish processes, practices and provide organization internally to Team Up. Team Up also struck me as a fun organization with a great group of people, and provided an opportunity to learn a lot more about the music industry and event production.
I was also, and continue to be, excited about the access that Team Up for Nonprofits provides for young people to dabble in philanthropy and get to know their community nonprofits. It is motivating to team up with a great group of volunteers to produce music events that drive awareness and funding for nonprofits throughout our community. I am always impressed with the number of new young people who are learning about what Team Up is doing for nonprofits, and how they want to get involved, whether through social media, attending events, promoting the causes we support, buying tickets, volunteering, etc. I think Team Up is changing Seattle and making it a more approachable and fun community for young people to get involved, get to know each other, and make a difference in their communities.
What was the process of becoming a board member like?
I met with the President and Founder after the Seattle Works’ Bridge program at the Hard Rock Cafe and we talked about the direction that Team Up was heading and the people needed to get the organization established. I agreed to attend a few board meetings and meet the other people on the board to further assess what level of participation I could commit to. It wasn’t long after that I officially joined the board and joined the Strategic Planning Subcommittee (aka Executive Team) and the Nonprofit Partner Team. And then on May 27, 2010, Team Up produced its first Gigs4Good event at the Hard Rock Cafe in support of Seattle Against Slavery.
What are you excited to work on as a board member?
I am always excited about process evaluation/design and look forward to providing standardization and best practice tools where needed in our organization. This year in particular I am dedicating my commitment to expanding our partnership with nonprofit organizations by serving as the Nonprofit Director. I am excited about leading the Nonprofit Team in the evaluation and selection of nonprofit partners for our Gigs4Good music event series, and strengthening our communication and partnership with these nonprofits to maximize their experience working with Team Up.
What is one thing from The Bridge that you remember and are excited to apply in your upcoming service?
The Bridge was very helpful in expanding my understanding of the various types of boards and the different levels of commitment and involvement expected by serving on a board. My board experience with Team Up has been a much more active board role than I have experienced in the past, and my participation in The Bridge has prepared me well for managing that greater commitment.
Thank you Rebecca for sharing your experience with us! We’re thrilled to hear that you are happily serving alongside another Bridge graduate on Team Up for Nonprofit’s Board of Directors. We wish you continued success.
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