- How did you get into health care philanthropy?
One of my first jobs was working for the New York State Legislature in the Assembly. While I was there, I loved working on health care policy. When I transitioned to working for a consulting firm specializing in capital campaign management, my first client was a hospital. I believe that health care philanthropy is critical to an organization’s ability to be able to accelerate and innovate care to a community.
- Why did you choose to make health care philanthropy your career?
I feel strongly that without access to quality, comprehensive healthcare, a community cannot thrive. I love learning about a donor’s philanthropic priories, and aligning them with our mission.
- What has been the #1 factor in your career success so far?
The number one factor in my career success so far has been that I am a great listener. People often say, “I can’t believe you remember that about me!” I think it is critical to our work that we listen to our donors. I try to do more listening than talking, give more than I take and remain humble.
- What is your greatest passion and why?
My greatest passion is connecting our caregivers with the philanthropic process. I love teaching front line staff about our work and seeing that moment when they realize we are more than just party planners and that we are here to support their work. I am not trained to lay hands on patients and heal them, but I am part of the caregiving team in that I am raising the funds and awareness necessary to provide the best environment for healing for our patients and their families.
- What are your future aspirations?
Right now, I’m leading a team to raise $28 million for our hospital while also working on my MBA in Healthcare Administration. In the short term, I look forward to closing out this campaign and finishing my degree. In the long term, I’m interested in learning more about the operations of health care organizations and would like to see myself playing a larger role in what programs, services and capital projects we prioritize.