My whole life – personal and professional – has been about building community. It’s important to help each other and build a vibrant and diverse community. Growing up, I loved my dad’s grand tales of his working at three family businesses: a farm (he learned how to drive using a tractor), a tofu-making shop, and a handmade furniture/carpentry business — all to earn enough money to go to college. He and our family would not be where we are if he hadn’t had the opportunity to work at those small businesses.
Part of my childhood was spent on the South Side of Chicago, and this sense of duty, of contributing to my family and my community was solidified by my experiences there. People helped each other, in every way possible. Our modern lives are much more transient now. I’m certainly a representative data point; I lived and worked in four countries before returning to the US. A decade later, here I am in Cambridge, having gone to school here and left a career working in government and nonprofits for a small software company based in Boston.
I recently joined the Cambridgeport Neighborhood Association (CNA) as a board member and am looking for another local organization with which to work. My husband and I have made Cambridge our home, and I’d like to contribute and meet more of our neighbors. Cambridge Local First looks to be a great opportunity to do so.