My career has always been centered around public service.  From a young age, volunteering with non-profits has been a large part of my professional and personal growth.  I was probably among the last generation of “candystripers” volunteering at my local hospital and at our sexual assault crisis center.  Through college and my early working years, I volunteered for recycling organizations, Planned Parenthood, and campus activism, before joining the US Peace Corps.  As a Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco, I worked with maternal and child health, supporting vaccination drives, family planning, and education for girls in the High Atlas Mountains.  In recent years, I have volunteered for City Harvest, Girl Scouts, and my children’s school as current PTO co-president. Volunteering made me realize the positive impact an individual’s time or donation can have on a person’s life as well as the positive impact it has on your own life.  That is what motivates me to do the work I do and to amplify the efforts of other organizations that are doing so much good.

Early in my consulting career, I asked the amazing Kate Haw, then of Skowhegan, now of the Smithsonian Archives of American Art, what would be the best gift for my nonprofit clients.  She suggested I give to their missions, which became the foundation for what is now a decade of #PublicWorksGivesBack.  It was important for me to bring these values to our firm because of the nature of our work and the impact that we intend to make in New York City.  My partners and I co-founded Public Works as a mechanism to bring the tools of management consulting to nonprofits to help advance their mission, increase their impact, and deliver quality services to all New Yorkers.  Working alongside our nonprofit clients, I am inspired by their dedication to serve and their creativity to do more with limited resources.  Our nonprofit clients invest their hard-earned resources in our work to support them, and in turn, we invest our hard-earned profits back into their important missions.  Every year, a portion of our profit goes back to our nonprofit clients and collaborators as year-end donations, sponsorships, and event attendance.  Instead of the traditional client gifts, we #giveback.

The values of giving and civic engagement are central to our culture at Public Works.  In addition to giving back to our nonprofit clients, we are stretching our resources to support the causes that our team believes in.  We will match employee donations, doubling their chance to do good.  In this way, I want to expand my team’s ability to give, show them that Public Works cares about what they care about, and highlight new missions through our work.  This month, we are launching our #PublicWorksGivesBack campaign, which will run from now until the end of the year.  During this period, Public Works is proud to be supporting our nonprofit clients and matching employee donations to any registered 501(c )3 organizations.  We’ll be profiling some of these awesome nonprofits on our blog, in our newsletter, and through social media. Please join us in giving back and follow along with our hashtag, #PublicWorksGivesBack.