Meet Our New Board Members – Alana Campbell
A Board of Directors is an essential (and required) piece of a nonprofit, responsible for guiding the organization toward a sustainable future. YNPN Phoenix’s future is bright as ever as we welcome some of the Valley’s top young talent to our board in 2016. Get to know them and say hi next time you see them at a YNPN Phoenix program!
Name, position, organization
Alana Campbell, Sales Operations Manager, Visit Phoenix
How long have you been an YNPN Phoenix member?
About one year
Favorite YNPN event or memory?
YNPN just hosted a program – Driving Impact: Becoming a Thought Leader with Mr. Neil Giuliano, President and CEO of Greater Phoenix Leadership. His knowledge and expertise in the public and non-profit sector were inspiring. My biggest take-away from that program was, “Work harder on yourself than you do on your career”.
What’s one of the best things about working in Phoenix?
Working in and for a city that I love is pretty great. The 15 minute commute is pretty fantastic too.
Favorite place in Phoenix to grab coffee?
Luci’s – because I can shop for knickknacks while waiting for my iced coffee
Tell us about one of the most valuable things you’ve learned from working for your organization, or nonprofit organizations in general.
Change can be slow. Implementing change in an organization takes time, patience and perseverance. I’ve learned to accept that not all things work on my timeline but that I can still impact change and improvement if I stick with it. Patience really is a virtue!
I have two…
“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” – Walt Disney
“Take criticism seriously, but not personally. If there is truth or merit in the criticism, try to learn from it. Otherwise, let it roll right off you.” – Hillary Clinton
What one piece of advice would you offer someone who’s new to the nonprofit industry?
Never complain or point out a problem unless you have a suggested solution. Ever.
What do you hope to contribute to YNPN Phoenix as a new board member.
First, I hope to share my passion for Phoenix - I do work for Visit Phoenix after all! But even more than that, I hope to contribute my skills in process optimization and implementation, reporting, and CRM management to help streamline YNPN processes and expand the reach to more members.