Kevin Jacobs serves on YNPNdc’s Board of Directors as the organization’s Chairman. Outside of his responsibilities of leading YNPNdc, he’s a lead member engagement analyst at the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD). Described as a motivator and empathetic, he’s most passionate about the environment, individual rights, and social justice. We asked Kevin a few questions about what inspired him to join YNPNdc. Check out his answers below, and be sure to say hello at our next event!
What brought you to the nonprofit world?
I worked in the public sector for IBM and Pepsi and loved it, but I was getting my MPA and needed a public service job. I got into government and hated it, so I started working in the nonprofit sector and my life has been all the richer for that decision. The simple choice to leave North Carolina and move to the DMV was the best decision I've made.
What's your favorite thing about your job?
I have a great group of people on my team and in my organization; my boss is pretty stellar as well. It's rare to find a place where I can contribute as much as I have and still have room to grow, so I'm happy at NACD. I'm excited to see what the next few years hold!
What do you love about volunteering with YNPNdc?
I love that we get to connect people with each other. We not only bring people together, but we bring ideas together, and that excites and drives me. I love hearing that people were able to drive change and progress in their personal and professional lives based on the people they've met at our events.
How have you grown at YNPNdc?
When I started, I was very driven to make lots of changes. However, in my time here, I've grown to understand that change takes a great deal of time and nothing really comes easy. It's about listening to our members' needs and responding to them proactively and efficiently.
If you could describe YNPNdc in one word, what would it be?
What's the most important life lesson you’ve learned?
To never give up. I've been in several situations where I could have simply given up and gone into hiding, but I chose to stay out and live my life. Having motivational quotes helps remind me that my future is still ahead of me and that, while tomorrow isn't granted, it's what you make of it. As Sir Winston Churchill said, “If you're going through hell... keep going.”