May 11, 2010
Gretchen Wallace has been a fantastic boss and mentor. The way she runs the Global Grassroots office is how she runs the organization-- with the vision of a true leader, and with an open heart. Her passion for the projects established by the graduates of the Academy for Conscience Change is truly inspirational, and her unflagging enthusiasm and commitment to constantly improve the organization is a quality that every change agent in this world should strive for. Gretchen is a wonderful listener, and that comes across both in her interactions with people and in the success of Global Grassroots. If someone offers a suggestion to improve the organization-- regardless of whether it's an established board member, an illiterate woman in Rwanda, or a student intern-- she always seriously considers the feedback. This collaborative spirit, willingness to learn from others, and openness to (societal, organizational, and personal) transformation has permeated the organization and is at its core.
My personal experience with the organization has been extremely positive. I have interned with Global Grassroots for nearly a year, and I feel very fortunate to work with a team that has visible impact in people's lives.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
I manage screenings for The Devil Came on Horseback (GG is the charitable producing arm). It's inspirational to see people respond to the crisis presented--often we will receive letters from individuals asking how they can make an impact and get involved.
What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...
feeling like my work has a direct impact on other people's lives, as well as the wonderful mentors I have access to.
The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...
all passionate, considerate, and unassuming. My coworkers constantly inspire me with their life stories and insights.
If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...
scale into Uganda, Sudan, Haiti, and other critical countries; help rebuild hundreds of thousands of fractured lives; empower thousands of women and girls; and (consciously) change the world.
How frequently have you been involved with the organization?
About every week
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
Volunteer & I help plan major fundraising events and coordinate the screenings of the film The Devil Came on Horseback, for which GG was the charitable producing arm.