Aspiring Altruists

Aspiring Altruists

The show where you’ll hear the stories of young professionals in the non-profit sector working to change the world. We’ll dive into their backgrounds, hear about the work they do, and ultimately learn how they got to where they are and how you can do the same. With the non-profit sector comprising one of the largest US workforces by tackling the world’s biggest problems across 9 major categories, you may just hear something that could change your life, and through it, the lives of countless others.

Episodes

December 27, 2023 27 mins

This episode is a truly special one because I’m turning the tables, as the featured guest is myself! The reason for that, and why this episode is an extra special one is because it is also the last episode. I am a Program Coordinator for the NRDC Action Fund. In this episode, I share a bit about my story, my early career journey, what led me to start this podcast over three years ago, what I hope to accomplish in my career, and my ...

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This episode features someone who has a passion for using stories to create progressive change, Don Wolford. Don is a Stories Manager at the Center for American Progress, a progressive think tank dedicated to improving the lives of Americans through ideas and action. He’s doing this having graduated from Kent State a couple of years ago with a degree in Political Science and Government. Don shares his early career story, what has l...

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This episode features a young woman with a passion for bringing people together and improving human lives, Phebe Meyer. Phebe is the Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor at The Center for Christianity and Public Life, an organization whose mission is to contend for the credibility of Christian resources in public life, for the good of the public. Phebe shares with us about her wide variety of early career experiences, her role in co-f...

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Sharing with us about her passion for international and climate-related issues, today’s guest is Maya Sterling. Maya is a Program Coordinator at the Pan American Development Foundation, an organization that works across Latin America and the Caribbean to make the region stronger, meaning healthier, safer, more just, inclusive, resilient, productive, and sustainable for current and future generations. Maya shares what the biggest cl...

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November 6, 2023 25 mins

This episode features a young woman with a passion for creating real policy change, Liddy Ballard. Liddy is a State Policy Manager at Brady, an organization that works across Congress, courts, and communities to end America's gun violence epidemic. As someone with a passion for attacking the root causes rather than the symptoms of gun violence, and is emboldened every time a preventable mass shooting event occurs, Liddy shares...

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October 16, 2023 17 mins

This episode features a young woman with a wide variety of experiences early in her career, Tyler Brent.  Tyler is the President of Operations and co-founder of Movement for Choice, an organization that offers education, events, and donation-based yoga and fitness classes to help fund access to abortion for all, especially those in underrepresented communities. She balances this with her day job of being a Yoga and Fitness instruct...

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August 9, 2023 22 mins

This episode features a young woman with a passion for mental health, Madeline Ingram. Madeline is a Marketing and Communications Manager at Rock Recovery, an organization that supports the journey to freedom from disordered eating through individual and community programs. She works in a variety of ways to support those with eating disorders and is currently in grad school on her way to becoming a therapist. Madeline shares with u...

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During this episode you’ll hear from someone with a passion for empowering students to promote peacebuilding through education, Akshay Kashikar. Akshay is a program officer at Education For Employment, the leading nonprofit job placement network in the Middle East and North Africa. He recently earned his master’s in International Education Development, and was an intern at the United Nations while earning that degree. Akshay shares...

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Today’s guest is a guy that I have gotten to know personally through one of my favorite activities, ultimate Frisbee, Nate Dickstein. Nate is a policy development analyst at the Conference of State Bank Supervisors, an organization that supports state regulators in advancing the system of state financial supervision. He has gone from working as a paralegal to now being in the nonprofit sector early in his career. Nate’s going to sh...

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May 31, 2023 27 mins

In this episode, we have a guest who has a passion for helping others, Dalia Ahmed. Dalia is the manager of Corporate Employee Engagement at Feeding America, an organization that works to end hunger in the US. They are the largest U.S. charity by revenue. Dalia has gone from the for-profit to the nonprofit sector already early in her career, learning about the challenges of each and experiencing the pull towards mission-focused wor...

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April 24, 2023 22 mins

Today’s show features a guest who has a passion for helping people experiencing homelessness, Nina Alomar. Nina is the Volunteer and Corporate Engagement Coordinator at PathForwardVA. She has lived all across the country, gaining a deep appreciation along the way for the realities of the challenges people face that she’s now working to take on. She shares with us more about how that passion grew, about what she has learned along he...

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March 27, 2023 17 mins

This episode features a guest with a passion for helping the immigrant population, Juan Perez. Juan is the Student Services Coordinator at the English Empowerment Center. He’s still pretty fresh out of school, having just graduated in 2021, and he elected to head right into the non-profit sector. Similar to myself and many other guests, Juan decided that he wanted to work to make a positive impact on those around him and the world ...

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This episode features a guest that I know personally, Becky Oswalt. Becky is the Assistant Program Officer for Latin America at the National Endowment for Democracy. She’s doing this after having been a Fullbright Scholar with the Department of State, along with other experiences such as having been a Legislative Fellow at the House of Representatives. She shares with us a bit about the work she does, how her experiences across the...

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February 3, 2023 21 mins

This episode features a guest that’s a bit of a unique one, Kathrine Morris. Kathrine is a Relationship Manager at NeighborWorks America. The reason she’s a unique guest is that she hosts a podcast of her own, Nine Lives with Kat. Through our conversation, we explore the vast journey across the nonprofit sector that she’s been on since undergrad, learn more about her podcast, hear how her master’s degree has impacted her early care...

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January 21, 2023 23 mins

This episode features someone who has gone from the political world to the non-profit sector, back to politics, and now back once again to the non-profit sector, Dennis Barrett. Dennis is an Advocacy Campaign Manager at The Trevor Project. As you can guess, he has a broad range of experience from his early career adventures, and he shares with us about that journey as well as how he lives out his passion through his work daily, alo...

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January 4, 2023 24 mins

Today’s episode is a special one because it features a guest who both, until very recently, worked for a non-profit organization as well as having founded his own, Don Abram. At the time of our conversation, Don was a program manager for Interfaith America, an organization that aims to inspire, equip, and connect individuals and institutions to unlock the potential of America’s religious diversity. But, Don is also the founder and ...

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This episode features a young woman with a passion for working with conflict-affected populations, Karenna Öner. Karenna is a first-generation American with a long-standing interest in conflict studies and human security. While she has recently moved on from this role, in this episode she shares about her work as a caseworker for the International Rescue Committee. She’s lived abroad and applies her wide-ranging background experien...

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November 16, 2022 13 mins

With the midterm elections having just happened and a major issue of them seemingly being the integrity of our democracy, I decided to speak with a guy who works to improve our democracy and make our elections fairer, Matt Oberstaedt. Matt is a social media associate at FairVote. He graduated last year from George Washington University, having studied political science, and has worked on political campaigns before ending up in the ...

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November 2, 2022 22 mins

This second episode of the second season features a young woman named Brooke Allison. Brooke is a program manager at MAP International, a Christian nonprofit organization that works to provide medicines and health supplies to those in need around the world. She shares with us what led to her working in the nonprofit sector, how her earning an MPA has impacted her career, and much more.

You can contact Brooke via email or ...

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October 19, 2022 9 mins

We are officially live for season 2! After a year off to focus on other projects, I'm back for another 20 episodes.

Our first guest this season is an optimistic young woman who has a real heart for helping people, Libby McClayton. Libby is a volunteer engagement specialist at the National MS Society. She worked as an Americorps member for two years and has worked for a couple of other organizations before landing whe...

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