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My OBJECTIVE:  To work as Kiva's San Jose Lead.  I look forward to being in a pivotal role in order to help set the strategic direction for the Kiva program in San Jose.  As a 'people person', I excel at paying attention to detail, effective communication and superior relationship building.  I know how important it is to project a deep commitment for the cause for which I am working and Kiva's mission to alleviate poverty worldwide through micro finance matters to me deeply. The US Program to provide direct loans to entrepreneurs locally has been a fantastic compliment to Kiva's core mission. Helping identify and manage relationships with partner organizations in San Jose, engaging and identifying borrowers, trustees, lenders and volunteers in this pursuit would be an honor and a privilege.

I have recently completed a Kiva Internship with the Review and Translation Program. This internship lasted seven months and ended the 3rd of August, 2016.

Sitting with a terminally ill child in hospice care, teaching a ESL middle school child how to read for understanding, teaching the village doctor in Africa how to type reports on a computer by flashlight at night, managing large sums of insurance monies and creating a database to dispense the monies to thousands of individual plaintiffs; these are some of the jobs that I have had the privilege to do. There is nothing that I won't do to try to make a difference. I wish to put my many skills to work for an organization and improve their donor base to change the community for the better.

SPECIFIC FUND RAISING EXPERIENCE:

1.  I personally went to multiple local companies to ask for donations for York School Scholarship Program.  I personally brought in approximately $40,000 of donor money. 

2.  I was active on the Fundraising Committee for York School's Annual Gala, finding sponsors, providing time, organization skills and relationship development, ultimately meeting our goal of over $100,000 donations annually to provided tuition scholarships to underserved minority students.

3.  I hosted a fundraiser at my home for York School’s Annual Giving Campaign which resulted in approximately $85,000 in donations.

4.  I served two years on Los Gatos Elementary Education Foundation (LGEEF) Board of Directors for the foundation’s first two years, benefiting local public schools by raising funds to make up for State cuts in funding.  For example, we avoided teacher pink slips and art and music department cuts.  We earned money to fill gaps.  I served as Middle School representative to the Board.

5.  I ran the Script Program at the elementary school attended by a young nephew who lived with us for a few years after his parent died.  I coordinated the program, managed large amounts of parents’ money, placed orders through stores, picked up script and delivered it to homes of participating families.  Did this every month for 3 years.  Program proceeds went to school arts programs as well as classroom needs.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Fifteen years experience in effective office administration, financial services, insurance, real estate and legal project organization, database administration, document archiving and conducting employee training.
  • Strong communication and leadership skills.  Coordinate, plan and manage multiple tasks in a flexible, well-organized, detail-oriented and team directed manner.
  • PC skills using Microsoft Office Programs Windows, MS Word, Excel, and Powerpoint. Proficiency in use of Google Programs, including Google Docs, Slides, Presents, Mail, Calendar and Google Drive management.   Mac-friendly. Skills and proficiency at database applications including Salesforce, Looker, Survey Monkey, MailChimp, Imgur and multiple design and photography programs.

EDUCATION:

University of San Diego and University of San Francisco (Business and Psychology) - 3 years. Completing degree in Organizational Behavior in 2017 through their evening program.

Work History

Jan 2016Present

Intern, Review and Translation Program

Kiva

Seven month internship with Kiva, the premier global nonprofit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Support team of 400 volunteers worldwide who review and translate loans from borrowers to post on Kiva's lending platform. Create content for quarterly newsletter. Create and generate recruitment materials through Salesforce. Track and send out milestone awards for high performing volunteers. Assist in creation, Implement  and analyze statistics for annual Volunteer Survey to measure quantitative reporting of involvement and optimization of resources .  Excel at communication with and provide substantive results for a team of highly professional volunteers globally. Conduct monthly interviews with global volunteers for department Volunteer of the Month profiles and management of posting profiles on company website and internal volunteer forum. Create and publish Kiva blogposts for RTP Program on Kiva website.  Support the administrative and electronic needs, both great and small, of the Review and Translation Program.

Aug 2015Present

Founder,

Resources To Africa

Founded a small non profit corporation to support ongoing projects in Tanzania, Africa to provide educational resources. Over 10 years of volunteer work in the small village of Pommern as well as the capital city of Dar es Salaam, established contacts and initiated funding opportunities to provide educational resources including computers and library books. Currently working on project provide a new agricultural college with laptops for staff as well as providing 20+ desktop computers for student use in existing Computer Lab.

20092015

Property Manager

Property management

Privately managing an estate in Pebble Beach, California, a world renowned Golf Resort Community.  Arrange use of property as a corporate and executive entertaining location and retreat.  Responsible for overseeing maintenance, bill payment, draft and execution of rental agreement/arrangement.  Oversee maintenance of webpage, Vacation Rental By Owner (VRBO.com) electronic listing, e-commerce communication and negotiation with renters. This property is also family friendly and I have coordinated multiple resources including full service tour guide services, private catering, floral and onsite entertainment services.

Apr 2013Apr 2014

Customer Service Associate

Whole Foods Market

Strong communication and leadership skills assisting customers, manage multiple projects simultaneously. Receive extensive training in the company’s culture and philanthropic global efforts. Demonstrated strong interpersonal skills working with a wide variety of customers as well as corporate divisions.

My intent at Whole Foods was to get in the door, to move to their Whole Planet Foundation.  I enjoy full-time employment and have learned enough about the corporate culture and the Whole Foods intention to provide safe and healthy foods in a sustainable marketplace that I feel I can represent their goals from within their foundation on an international level.

19911999

Paralegal Manager, Settlement Paralegal, Legal Secretary

Jackson & Wallace Law Offices, LLP

Paralegal responsibilities in a fast-paced law firm creating and maintaining a settlement database using Excel and Lotus to support tracking and resolution of asbestos-related settlements of over $30 million.  Duties included client contact, telephone, database maintenance and archiving settled cases.  Conducted corporate reporting on a monthly basis and financial reconciliation.  Accomplished all administrative responsibilities and financial disbursement of settlements. Performed customer service, training, file maintenance, problem investigation and resolution.

19881991

Finance Administrative Assistant

Norris, Beggs & Simpson

Assisted Finance Manager in administration and liaison between regional mortgage bankers and corporate Finance Director.  Supervised secretaries, managed workflow, oversaw quality control. Participated in stock market trader program toward becoming a broker. Program was laid off due to stock market crash.

19831988

Office Manager

Insurance Design Associates, Inc.

Worked with agents, clients and underwriters.  Calculated client insurance portfolios, created and maintained annual policy audits. Heavy administrative work, phone work, client service, problem solving and follow through.  Created sales and service brochures.  Created sales illustrations.  Negotiated with insurance company underwriting departments.  Assisted private companies with preparing lists of employees in order to comb the market for group health insurance.  Created competitive analysis of multiple group health insurance quotes.  Assisted agent in presentation of health insurance quotes and enrollment of employees once a decision was made regarding health insurance coverage.