Employee of the Week


Aina Gutierrez

We engage youth successfully in academic, social and emotional learning, a part of which is building relationships with responsible and caring adults.I’m so lucky to be able to do this for a living. It’s inspiring to connect with youth with such potential for a successful future. Location: Evanston, Illinois Twitter: @AinaGIWJ Profession: Chief Operations Officer at Y.O.U., Youth &…


Fauzia Dawood

Once a team member has been on board for at least 6 months, there’s an opportunity to go into the field. This year,  26 people, including me, went to Ethiopia. The trip included the tech team and even our receptionist. We met the people we are bringing water to directly. It’s hard to do development…


Naomi Hirabayashi

What motivates me: The belief that it’s every generation’s responsibility to figure out how to make the shitty things in our society better. If the older generation is rolling their eyes because of the idealism and boldness of the younger generation, we’re doing something right.


Melissa Sandler

Working in Manhattan I tend to keep a few spare bills in my pocket to donate to the homeless. It’s very heartwarming to connect with a stranger on this level. When someone thanks you and blesses you, and tells you that they can eat lunch, you can’t help but feel good.

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