I've been successful with writing, operations, business development, market research, communications, and the other various things that fall to the non-technical founder. Outside of work, I take pride in community service, both in committing my time and in setting up service projects for others.
I'm proud of my time served as an AmeriCorps VISTA member, providing ~4,500 hours of volunteer effort over two years on a poverty-level living stipend to improve College Forward’s organizational capacity and efficiency. Things I did while there include
- Wrote or assisted with the writing of 23 grant proposals, netting College Forward ~$3 million in program funding.
- Overhauled their bookkeeping processes, program and project budgeting, and accounting policies and procedures, for better forecasting and financial reporting; and
- Handled high-level fiscal responsibilities, including preparing for audits from independent accountants and government agencies, filing tax returns, and providing financial statements to interested parties.
- Helped motivated, low-income high school students to enter college beyond job requirements by assisting with after-school work sessions, helping students complete financial aid forms and scholarships, and by working at parent education events