Meet the newest face at One Day’s Wages

by | Jul 27, 2017

Thanks to YOU, our global development work is growing, which means we needed to find some new talent to keep this grassroots movement pushing forward. That’s why we’re excited to introduce you to Kenzie Bertram, the newest addition to the One Day’s Wages team. Kenzie is joining us as our new Development Director.

A graduate of Seattle Pacific University, Kenzie has volunteered with ODW for the past three years working with our grant analyst team, and most recently she supported our impact reporting. Kenzie joins us from the outdoor retail industry and brings an infectious “let’s do it” attitude to everything. Her fresh insight and experience coupled with her clear passion for ODW is something we’re excited about. Best of all…she’s just really awesome.

Kenzie is anxious to get to work engaging our amazing local and global community: donors, campaigners and partners. We hope you’ll get a chance to connect with her. In the meantime, here’s a sneak peak:

What is your favorite inspirational quote?

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” -Aesop

What is your favorite Seattle hangout spot?

Lincoln Park is becoming one of my favorite places in Seattle, because it feels very calming and refreshing to sit by the water and enjoy the view.

Why did you start volunteering for ODW?

I started volunteering for ODW in 2014, and it was mostly because I wanted to invest my time into something that I believed in. I was drawn to ODW because it really values the individuals and communities who are benefitting from the projects it funds. It seeks to empower people and tell their stories in a way that respects and represents them well, which is so important in development work.

What are your hobbies?

I enjoy reading, sometimes writing, eating chips & salsa with friends, and I’d really like to learn calligraphy.

If you could have a super power what would it be?

To teleport, because then I could travel all over the world for free!

What global issue are you passionate about and why?

Girls education and empowerment because investing in girls and women is a powerful way to positively impact entire families & communities.

Your favorite place to travel or vacation spot?

My favorite place I’ve traveled is Guatemala, but I’ve only been there once, so I’d love to go again someday.

Jimmy Fallon or Stephen Colbert?

Jimmy Fallon!

Preferred social media platform?

Instagram

What has been your favorite project to see implemented since you started at ODW?

Sahar or Heshima Kenya. I loved how both projects creatively invested in girls to further their education and future earning potential.

What is your favorite TV show?

I love Friends and Survivor. Friends is a comfort thing for me, I rewatch it all the time and will always love it. Survivor is so good because of the strategy & game-play required on all levels.

Do you have any irrational fears?

Heights…I’m afraid of falling…and afraid of crashing into the ground…I think I’ve always been afraid of heights, but haven’t had any dramatic experience in my life to justify it.

What will your overall strategy be as the new Development Director? What are you looking forward to in this position?

My overall strategy will be to listen. It might sound simple, but I really want to take a listening approach to this role so I can hear where people are at and what they’re hoping for. I love how ODW values partnering with “everyday people” and I’m excited to get to know those people, be encouraged and inspired by them, and be able to connect in ways that continue to grow our movement. I’m looking forward to showing our community how important and valuable it is for them to partner with ODW, and in that, reminding them how much we need and appreciate them in this work to end extreme poverty.

There you have it folks…Kenzie Bertram, our new Development Director! Stay tuned to learn more about our newest team member and our big plans for the rest of the year!

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