Member Spotlight: Rebecca Buffington

With the new year, comes new changes to nonprofit organizations and YNPN St. Louis is no different. Our volunteer board structure relies on new members, changing positions and this year, a new President. Please help us welcome Rebecca Buffington, Communications & Special Events Manager at Regional Arts Commission. 

  1. How long have you lived in St. Louis? About 5 ½ years
  2. How did you get involved in YNPN? I attended a few events in 2010 and then was approached by a board member to get more involved with YNPN at a board level.
  3. Why have you focused your career on the nonprofit sector? Because I have always wanted to have a job that made a difference in the local community and that also supported a mission I was passionate about. While I work mainly in the nonprofit arts sector I have seen firsthand the impact that various local nonprofits have made in St. Louis and I am so grateful to be a part of that.
  4. What advice would you give to young professionals considering a nonprofit job? Make sure to meet and network with other young professionals and leaders in the nonprofit sector. Getting involved in organizations like YNPN  is a great way to gain professional development and also expand your network. There are a number of local nonprofit leaders that make wonderful mentors and I believe that mentorship and involvement with other organizations besides the one you work for is so important if you want to improve and grow professionally.
  5. If you could learn a new skill, what would it be? Professionally I would like to gain more graphic design and web management experience. I’ve also always wanted to learn how to knit.
  6. What do you hope to accomplish that you haven't yet? I hope to receive more funding for YNPN in 2015 than we have in the past.
  7. What has been your favorite YNPN STL event? Why? BOL 2014. I think it was our best BOL yet as we had phenomenal speakers, interesting topics, excellent discussions and also great networking, food and much more! I can’t wait to see what we will be doing for BOL 2015.

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