Evan Piekara’s involvement with NEW began with homework. While getting his MBA at Georgetown, Piekara was tasked with matching classmates with nonprofits in DC for service projects. NEW didn’t make the cut at the time, but he came away impressed with everything he saw—enough to keep it in mind when he graduated and ran a volunteer day at BDO, his place of employment. Several interactions and gala invitations later, Piekara was convinced that NEW was the real deal.
“I was impressed with the mission, and the way NEW bridged the gap,” he says. A veteran of Teach For America, Piekara says, “NEW would have helped some of my students.”
So why NEW? Why not any one of many other social services organizations working to alleviate homelessness? “Because it’s DC-centric. It’s been around for nearly 30 years. There is an immediate connection and impact.” Between that, a warm and welcoming staff, and the sheer energy he saw at NEW, it was an easy decision to go from volunteering to serving on the board.
NEW welcomed Piekara to the board in March 2016. “I’m still learning the role and am excited to help raise awareness for the organization. “
And yes, he is the sole man on a board at an organization that reaches out to women and children. He laughs at the observation, but points out what millions of women have probably said about being the only woman at the table. “It’s about what I bring, a different perspective and network that may not otherwise know about or have the opportunity to engage with NEW and vice versa.”
Asked what he’d like his network to know about NEW, Piekara says, “I want them to know that NEW has a track record of success. And I want them to get out there and see what they can do with NEW so they can expand results and come away with the same immediate sense of accomplishment so many of our supporters do. It creates a virtuous cycle where everyone benefits.”