NEW recently welcomed Jessica Sanderson to its board of directors. As a Public Sector Leader at Oliver Wyman – Global Management Consulting Experts, Sanderson specializes in helping organizations grow. She joins us because she was looking for an opportunity to support a DC non-profit grow and achieve its full potential. Fortuitously, NEW is in the process of a long-term strategic plan to grow our organization, help more women and children end the cycle of homelessness, and thrive.
Why homelessness? “Everyone should have a roof over their head and a safe place to call home,” says Sanderson. “It’s a basic human need and we are all better off when everyone has shelter and safety.”
Why NEW? “Because it’s clear to me it was a well-run organization with significant potential for growth.” Sanderson’s succinct answer is a reflection of her professional career. In addition to her professional expertise, Sanderson hopes to bring a new perspective to the board to support its growth objectives. In particular, she brings experience from the commercial and public sector in driving transformation and innovation initiatives, and leading complex strategic initiatives. Add to this a diverse, extensive network and NEW is lucky to have her on board.
Finally, asked why we don’t pay more attention to individuals struggling with “basic human needs”, Sanderson has an answer everyone can relate to. “We get wrapped up in our lives. And we simply don’t pay attention because we think it takes time.” Except, as NEW’s supporters know, it doesn’t take much, and a little can go a long way.