Hero(s): The Tuskegee Airmen. Hero is such a large term and often over-simplified. These men fought their adversaries on the ground and in the air. They fought through personal pressures – internally, and externally imposed by society – with challenges at every turn of their lives. Their achievements laid the framework for significant changes within the military and society at large. My opportunity to work in the field of technology is a direct benefit from the sacrifice these men made with their lives.
Inspiration: The immense design of our world, the Universe, and the breath of the human spirit. I am continually inspired by the challenges and triumphs of people of color, indigenous populations throughout the world, the LGBT community, youth, and seniors alike. The witnessing of one hand reaching out to help another.
Reason for coming to United Way of the Bay Area: I wanted an opportunity to make a contribution to an organization which supports local neighborhoods. As a San Francisco native, I have personally experienced the changes brought forth in the community by the influence of the United Way of the Bay Area. I valued UWBA’s commitment to providing the tools of technology in support of its mission.
How does UWBA make an impact in the community: United Way of the Bay Area makes an impact in the Bay Area Community through its ability to leverage individual and corporate resources to support programs such as 211, Earn It Keep It Save It, and SparkPoint which provide personal touch points to client constituencies. These efforts are the foundation in achieving our goal of reducing poverty by 50% in the Bay Area by 2020.