My name is Brian and that is what most people call me.
I am a Californian – born and raised and a public school kid for most of my life.
I graduated from Saint Mary’s College of California and later, Mills College in Oakland with my doctorate in education. Because I was the first person in my family to graduate from college, I am extremely proud of this accomplishment. But the best thing about my years in school was my meeting my wife with whom I raise two wonderful children and an adorable chocolate lab.
I started my professional leadership journey when I got a phone call from an administrator at Saint Mary’s asking me if I wanted to come and work as Director of Black Student Programs. Of course I said yes. I was 23 and has no idea what I was doing. You can read the rest of my job history here.
What is important is that at every step of my career I felt almost completely under-prepared. I think this is much more common than leaders let on and is even more common in the non-profit sector.It is the nature of nonprofit work that in you can quickly move up the ladder of responsibility with very little opportunity to learn and develop as a leader. I wanted a space to chronicle my own learning as a nonprofit executive and in doing so, provide a space for other younger leaders to find resources, inspiration, and motivation to become leaders for good.
Thanks for stopping by. If you’d like to contact me I can be reached at leadershipforgood[at] gmail [dot] com.