Introducing Olivia Lehman (she/her), our new Director of Development and Organizational Growth! Prior to BWF, Olivia worked with the youth-focused nonprofit Guitars Over Guns, the American Red Cross, and others. Get to know her in our Q&A below!
Can you tell us a little about your background in philanthropy or activism work?
“Uniquely I’ve built my career on the shoulders of nonprofits focused on human development, natural disasters, and art therapy. While all very different, the common theme is the desire for restoration. We all have a vision of coming together and participating in something bigger than ourselves. That’s what I’m bringing to BWF; and why I’m so excited to be a part of a movement that requires massive vision, deep understanding, and participatory inclusion.”
What are you most looking forward to in your new role as Director of Development and Organizational Growth?
“I’m looking forward to changing the way our organization thinks about raising funding and awareness from our communities. Storytelling is one of my favorite things to do, and I’m ready to shine new light on an organization that has a long history of stories.”
What’s one of your favorite hobbies outside of work?
“I play a couple of instruments, but my favorite instrument is my own voice. I also write a newsletter called The Tampon Aisle and share an audio version of it for people that like to kick back and listen. When I’m not using a mic, I’m out in yoga studios teaching classes.”
What are two fun facts about you?
“I have a small pup, and I attend graduate school remotely in Seattle!”
What’s one quote that gives you life?
“Do whatever brings you to life, then. Follow your own fascinations, obsessions, and compulsions. Trust them. Create whatever causes a revolution in your heart.” - Elizabeth Gilbert