In 2018 I created a volunteer club inspired by children to feed the homeless. This foundation was designed to teach children project management skills giving the children involved complete autonomy with decision making and implementation freedom through every event. Whether it be deciding the location of homeless encampment they would service, to the menu and how the money would be allocated through a budget designed by children, they would be involved every step of the way making those decisions and timelines.
Teaching children young that they too can make a difference without any barriers of age, empowers them to become problem solvers in generations to follow. Our future kindness begins with children of today by the empathy we teach them and give them experience with.
For two terms I served as a commissioner for the Mayor of San Jose's Salary Setting. My time in this volunteer position involved budget research on a national level, focused on the actual work being completed, along with understanding inflation and the current economy. It required me to interview the current Mayor, along with past Mayors and use this discovery in combination with the research to measure the alignments of my decision on a fair, unbias salary. Navigating through the public scrutiny and expectations of the outcome taught me to be thorough and JUST, taught me to be resilient and confident in the work I do.
In 2016 I became a board member for a non-profit Rising Minds. I was invited to a seat on the board because of my experience with succession planning, project management skills and leading organizations. Rising Minds mission is to provide funding and create programs through sports in the low income and poverty areas of San Jose for children. Through the sports programs the non-profit has achieved keeping children off the streets, provided mentors for high risk teens, teaching kids to work hard to become better and introduced them to NFL, NBA, and MLB players with our local partnership to the 49ERS, Sharks, Warriors and Giants.9