Fast Forward welcomes Hillary Baker Draper as Partnerships Manager. Below she shares her story:
Some might say that I’m a nonprofit super fan. From interning with nonprofits while a student at Tufts University, to participating in an Americorps Year of Service upon graduating, to working for and volunteering with nonprofits as a professional in the Bay Area.
I’d say they’re right.
Naturally, after learning about Fast Forward I was immediately drawn to the mission, the team, and the approach. I’ve seen first-hand the many resource constraints facing nonprofits and the ways in which technology can both support and supplement the people power-driving social impact.
Prior to joining the Fast Forward team, I was an early employee at the nonprofit startup EducationSuperHighway. We worked to upgrade every K-12 public school in the U.S. to high-speed broadband so that all students have access to the promise of digital learning. While there, I built and managed key partnerships with state education agencies and school district associations to drive internet connectivity solutions.
Outside of work, I enjoy cheering on Chicago sports teams, fly fishing, cooking and eating, taking various classes (most recently a 6-week gardening series!), making pottery and doing puzzles — aka “puzzling” for those of you out there who are also avid puzzlers.