Meet our Alumni: Kimberly Caldwell

This month, we're spotlighting a former member who is continuing to make a difference in the community. 

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Kim is not just a former board member of YNPN Austin, she is one of the co-founders of our Austin chapter! She is pictured above with her husband Justin, whom she met at Do Gooder Games a few years ago.

Hometown:
Austin, TX

Where did you go to college?
Undergrad: University of Texas at Austin, BS in Public Relations (2004); Graduate: Clinton School of Public Service, Master of Public Service (2011)

What's your profession?
I was in nonprofit capacity building for about 10 years; now I am the Training Director at a PAC that elects progressive women to state and local office (so different kind of capacity building)

When did you join YNPN, and why did you get involved?

I got involved with YNPN Austin in 2006, early in its existence at the encouragement of a friend. I was 22, I worked at Greenlights (now Mission Capital) when it was 10 people and I didn't really have any peers. So I went to an event really excited to connect with people - and I hated it. I suggested to my friend that I stage a coup d'etat, and wise as she was, she suggested I just join the leadership committee like a normal person. I co-chaired the communications team and started the then-weekly digest. I was also part of the original planning team for the Do Gooder Games, which was personally advantageous, as I met my now-husband at the second year of the games. In 2008 I started my first term on the National Board of Directors and became the National Liaison to the Austin Chapter. When I left for grad school I was the Treasurer of the National board and helped start the Little Rock chapter. Then I became Vice Chair and then Chair of the YNPN National board when I had the privilege of hiring the first Executive Directer, Trish Tchume. I stepped off the National Board at the end of 2012 after leading the Task Force to start the Chapter Congress. 


My advice to newcomers looking for a nonprofit job in Austin is... 
Make connections by showing up and helping out around town. There is so much amazing work being done by fantastic organizations that you are bound to meet people and find missions that will be the right fit for your career. And your YNPN network will help you make your way not because they know your name, but because they know your passion and your results.

What is a skill you'd like to learn and why?
I'm always trying to become a better listener. I get really excited to share what I am thinking and feel like I am contributing, but serving and building stronger communities will always take more listening than talking.

What's a perfect day in Austin look like to you?
Tacos, beer, putt-putt, family, friends, water and having too much fun to complain.

 


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