Name, position, organization:

Camila Olave-Rodriguez – Administrative Assistant, Paradise Valley Community College

Other professional involvement/accomplishments:

I completed the Student Public Policy Program where I learned a lot about local, state and federal policy making. I got to meet with state representatives to advocate for community colleges at the Arizona Capitol and Washington DC. I also graduated with an Associates Degree and transferred to a 4-year university.

How long have you been a YNPN Phoenix member?

I started my membership at the beginning of October 2020. I started my Board service in January 2021.

Favorite YNPN event or memory?

I really enjoyed LINK 2020. I hadn’t had a chance to see YNPN interacting with the larger Phoenix community due to COVID and it was awesome to see that in action. I decided to become part of the planning committee for LINK 2021 and it was an awesome experience. I am looking forward to planning and attending LINK 2022.

Favorite new quarantine hobby?

Dedicating time to cooking has been incredible and I have really enjoyed it.

What was it about your organization that made you want to be involved?

Jessi Wright, who is an incredible human, encouraged me to join YNPN. She talked so highly of the people that are part of YNPN and deeply believes in the work the organization does. It was hard not to want to be part of this visionary group of people and their works towards a better Phoenix.

Tell us about one of the most valuable things you’ve learned from working for your organization (or nonprofit orgs in general).

One of the most valuable things I have learned is that the lack of diversity in an organization prevents them from serving their community in meaningful ways. 

Favorite podcast or book?

RadioLab is one of my favorite podcasts. They have a broad range of topics and I love their storytelling style. 

Where is your dream vacation destination, and why?

Anywhere along the tropics would be a fantastic vacation destination for me. I love the fresh food, the weather, and the diversity. I was born and raised in Colombia so it would feels like home.

What one piece of advice would you offer someone who’s new to the nonprofit industry?

I am fairly new to the nonprofit industry, but I would suggest getting involved with YNPN. You can learn more about the broad range of opportunities the industry has to offer, find your best fit, and create meaningful connections.

What do you hope to contribute to YNPN Phoenix as a new board member?

I hope to contribute my perspective as a newbie in the industry and learn from my fellow Board Members.