My first experience with the nonprofit and education worlds began at the University of Virginia, my alma mater. My mother was an educator. That combined with my love of literature inspired me to study English Education. While in college, I volunteered in local secondary schools during the year and taught songwriting and fiction in academic camps over two summers. I loved every minute of it, and even though I didn’t pursue teaching as a career, I carried the memories of hard-working English teachers with me to New York City. My career started down a different path with academic and trade publishing, but I continued to volunteer my time through the pro-bono organization Catchafire, copywriting and promoting events for small regional groups. After three years, I decided I wanted to spend my time doing something more meaningful than simply pursuing profit (however wonderful the product was!), and began seeking positions in nonprofits, particularly those in education. I’m thrilled to work with the institutional advancement team at NAF, and love that I can continue to explore effective educational solutions and rally to raise funds for this terrific organization.