Loves to laugh, especially at herself!
Married with three children
Has travelled with her children to Italy, Ireland, and the UK over the last few years
Board member of Victim Rights Law Center
Enjoys spending time with her family, reading, doing projects around her house, and getting things done
Founder and CEO of her own investment firm
Q: HOW DID YOU GET INVOLVED WITH THE VICTIM RIGHTS LAW CENTER, AND WHAT IS YOUR ROLE THERE?
A: In 2011, I was introduced to the Victim Rights Law Center through a friend of the Executive Director, Stacy Malone. I wanted to do some hands-on volunteer work for a non-profit. I began helping the VRLC on some business matters and strategic planning. In doing this work, I learned so much about the amazing work of the VRLC, but more about the importance of their work. I was shocked by the statistics. Last year, the VRLC provided free legal services to over 400 rape and sexual assault victims in Massachusetts and 43% of the VRLC clients are under the age of 24.
Q: THAT’S INCREDIBLE AND INCREDIBLY SAD. CAN YOU GIVE US A BIT MORE BACKGROUND ON THE ORGANIZATION AND THE OTHER TYPES OF WORK THAT IT DOES?
A: Sure. The VRLC provides free, comprehensive, holistic legal services to rape and sexual assault victims in Massachusetts and Oregon in the areas of privacy, safety, immigration, housing, education, employment and financial stability to help rebuild victims’ lives following sexual violence. The VRLC is the first nonprofit law center in the country solely dedicated to serving the critical legal needs of sexual violence victims. VRLC provides guidance to Vice President Biden’s Office and the Office on Violence Against Women; the U.S. Department of Justice Office; the U.S. Department of Education; and all branches of the military on gender-based violence, youth violence, and campus sexual assault.
Q: SOUNDS LIKE IMPORTANT, HARD WORK. SPEAKING OF HARD WORK, WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR FAVORITE DO-IT-YOURSELF PROJECT LATELY?
A: I like to redecorate but also like refinishing furniture. Every summer I have a new item I work on and last summer I built a giant sized doll house for my daughter. It was not perfect, but fun. It was over 8 feet tall. This summer I am working on refinishing a desk that I plan on painting a really colorful turquoise blue.
Q: TO CLOSE, WHO BROUGHT YOU INTO SHEGIVES? WHAT DO YOU LIKE BEST ABOUT HER?
A: I came to She Gives through Kirstan Barnett. I have known Kirstan for a long time and first met her when I was involved on the Board of the Boston Hedge Fund Group in 2004. Kirstan is an intelligent and wonderfully warm person and is just so much fun! I am amazed at Kirstan’s vision for SheGives and her execution of the idea and am delighted to be a part of it.
SheGives connects committed, inquisitive, engaged donors with a slate of diligenced nonprofits in the Greater Boston area. We provide members with relevant data about the nonprofits in our portfolio and an opportunity to meet directly with our nonprofits’ Executive Directors and senior staff in small settings that promote in-depth q&a’s and, ultimately, informed giving. Giving is personally driven, but because we give side-by-side our collective impact is greater. See a list of the vetted nonprofits selected for our slate here.
WhoIsShe is a regular column featuring an appreciative but sometimes irreverent conversation with a SheGives Member.