As I pondered “What’s next?” for my professional path over the past several years, I made notes, reflected on past work, and talked with friends, advocates and strangers. In my time of discernment, a few themes emerged:
Purpose-driven work is my personal driver.
Creativity, change and collaboration are compelling to me.
I value difference.
The application of my communication skills, strong policy and planning background, and personal values in a role at Environmental Initiative offer a professional continuation of a conversation I had with hiking companions over a beer on a remote segment of the Great Wall in China. How do we balance human needs, the health of the environment and economic strength in a global economy with heterogenous political structures? How do we balance the reality that we are wearing outdoor clothing manufactured in the very country where we sit while lamenting the air, water and soil pollution?
My professional focus lies at the intersection of the natural, built and human environments where strong connections bridge gaps. It was informed by early childhood exposure to service and civic engagement as my parents worked with others organizing, planning and acting for equality in human rights.
Bikes, dogs, pencils, family, hockey, broomball, backpacks, books, music, friends, trains and food are important parts of my personal world. I believe in the imperative of a dinner table. One that is used for meals – not the storage of mail, school projects or half-completed, 1000-piece puzzles.
I enjoy life’s gray spaces, difficult conversations and challenging my own views.
Deborah can be reached at email@example.com or (612) 334-3388 ext. 8106.