ALUMNI STORIES & SUCCESSES
Our Alumni network is one of the strongest aspects of our program. We know that investment in early career professional development leads to long-term career success, and our Alumni prove it!
DAWN: Commitment to Impact
Dawn Albert came to the New Sector RISE program looking for skills and direction after work in the social sector post-college. She explains, “‘I was lacking a framework for seeing what my niche could be in the social sector and the skills I’d need to get there.” Dawn’s fellowship placement was at Aspire Public Schools, a growing national network of 38 charter schools, where her main focus was piloting new processes for gathering organization-wide feedback regarding Aspire’s new observation model.As a result of her time there, Aspire Public Schools gained a stronger toolkit, increased teacher engagement with video resources, and saw quicker adoption of best practices that affect student learning. Dawn has accepted a full-time position at Aspire Public Schools, where she leads the design and implementation of a video-based effectiveness tool.
KRISTELL: Deepening Local Roots
Kristell Caballero Saucedo was hired by her host site after completing the RISE program to continue the work she started during her fellowship. As Northside Funders Group’s Racial Equity & Inclusion Project Manager and Researcher, she continued leading and co-facilitating a series of racial equity sessions for NFG members. She later moved onto a position in the philanthropic sector as one of the 2017 Ron McKinley Fellows at the Bush Foundation. She is now working with the Community Innovation team in a Program Officer capacity.
GABRIEL: Lasting Learning
Gabriel Cooper’s career journey wasn’t typical, but the tools he learned in New Sector helped every step of the way. While completing his Summer Fellowship for New Sector, he loved the experience so much that he continued into the RISE program in San Francisco. At New Sector, he was placed at a social services and workforce development agency, respectively. He built a lasting network and learned fundamental skills that he implemented in both his placements and continues to use today. He used his presentation skills as the Marketing Manager for the startup LGBT media agency Q.Digital. Next, he used his project planning skills to lead social strategy for high-profile clients like Beyonce and Rihanna as an Account Executive for MWWPR. Currently, he uses the leadership buy-in tactics in his role as Area Marketing Manager for The Beverly Hills Hotel & Hotel Bel-Air. Through it all, his peers and mentor have helped guide him through pressure points as well as enormously rewarding social outlets.
SWATHI: Data Driven
Swathi Mummini knew she wanted to stay in the social sector and working in the world of data after her RISE fellowship, so she found a job working as a Operations & Data Associate at an agency that provides shelter and stabilization services for families in Boston. There she created Homeless Management Information System data processes and analyzed data for reporting purposes. After about a year and half at the nonprofit, she was ready to learn a new software. She found a job working as a Business Analyst at a growing technology startup in Boston. She relied on her RISE fellowship experience as she started working with Finance & Sales Operations teams. While she was learning constantly in a new field, she felt a disconnect, and hoped to tie her career back to the social sector. She moved to Minneapolis in September 2016, and is currently working as a Data Analyst for the agency that manages Minnesota’s Homeless Management Information System. Her role involves developing reports and analyzing data to support local and statewide planning, performance evaluation and management, and funding/policy decisions. Her current role allows her to leverage data and technology to drive social change, and she is very excited to be back in a position where she can make a difference.
SOTONYE: Building Leadership Skills
Sotonye Hart became a New Sector RISE Fellow in order to deepen her understanding of what it could mean to work in the social sector after college. Through her placement at UCAN, a social service agency that works with children who have experienced trauma, she developed and implemented trainings that helped direct service partners better report on their outcomes; UCAN now has dramatically better data to drive quality improvement. Sotonye credits her growth to a combination of formal trainings, a supportive supervisor at UCAN, and New Sector’s cohort model. Sotonye is now doing research on violence intervention and expects to pursue an advanced degree in clinical psychology in the future.
MAGGIE: On The Brink of Impact
Maggie Stohler completed the New Sector RISE program in Chicago 2015-2016. She currently works for Impact Engine, a venture capital fund in Chicago that invests in social impact organizations focused on education, health, economic empowerment and resource efficiency, which was the first job she got immediately after New Sector. The fellowship gave her access to a network of thoughtful, diverse, and accomplished peers that she still takes advantage of today. The program also connected her to the two co-hosts of the biweekly podcast she hosts called The Brink of Impact. Inspired by her New Sector experience, she launched this podcast as a peer-to-peer networking tool to inspire young people to pursue careers in social impact. They share resources for volunteering, job searching, and staying informed about the sector, as well as interview people working in the public sector. It’s a fulfilling passion project that would not have been possible without the connections at New Sector!
WESLEY: Vibrant Community
Wesley White came to New Sector’s program to benefit from the structured learning environment and coaching that he knew a typical entry-level social sector job was unlikely to provide. At his placement at TechSoup, Wes built organizational capacity for effective storytelling. He notes that through the New Sector training curriculum, he learned a range of skills, from delivering effective presentations to managing up in the workplace. He is now putting these skills to use in a program management role at TechSoup. Wes credits the community of Fellows in his cohort as a key to his success and is confident he’ll continue to benefit from and support the New Sector community.
JOELLE: Career Vision and Direction
Joelle Hughley knew she wanted to work in the social sector after college, but like so many early career professionals, she found the sector difficult to navigate. She was excited about the support and career development woven into New Sector’s programs. As a New Sector RISE Fellow, Joelle completed a placement at the YMCA of the Twin Cities, where she focused on volunteer engagement strategy and partnerships. Joelle credits the training and support she received at New Sector with building her confidence in challenging positions, and her understanding of how broader industry trends influence her work. As a result, she identified how to best pursue and succeed in jobs she is most passionate about. Now, Joelle works in Social Responsibility for the YMCA, where her work enables a more diverse and inclusive community across the organization.