He manages relationships with past, present and prospective Members, helps direct programs, and wears a plethora of hats in his role at Full Circle Fund. The question is, what can Tim Smith not do? Get to know our very own in-house superhero and Director of Programs & Engagement here in our Staff Close-Up!
FCF:What drew you to Full Circle Fund?
TS: I was actually interested in becoming a member as I heard about it through a friend from undergrad. I was wanting to enter the nonprofit sector, and found the bridge between public and private sector people at Full Circle Fund really appealing. Plus, I liked that the office was dog friendly!
FCF: Where were you before Full Circle Fund?
TS: I lived in Boston (go Red Sox and Celtics!) for 6 years after college (go Colby!), then moved to the Bay Area in 2008. I was considering becoming a lawyer, but decided I wanted to work in the nonprofit sector instead. I spent some time working in management at some public interest law firms, focused on helping refugees and immigrants.
FCF: In three words, how would you describe Full Circle Fund?
TS: Welcoming, iterative, ambitious
FCF: What has been the highlight of the year (thus far)?
TS: Seeing how many people are interested in our model, especially through the Rising Leaders program. The Idea Jamathon was pretty awesome!
FCF: Where was the last memorable place you visited in San Francisco or the Bay Area?
TS: Having a Manhattan (okay, two) at the bar at Cavallo Point on a clear night with good friends. I literally said, “life is so good right now, and so is this drink.”
FCF: If you could switch places with anyone, who would it be & why?
TS: I would actually switch places with my husband for a day; I think it is really useful to be able to “live in the others’ shoes” and get a sense of their work.
FCF: What’s the #1 most played song on your iPod?
TS: “Treasure” by Bruno Mars
FCF: In one tweet, how would you sum up your job?
TS: So grateful to get to work with/know so many amazing members with diverse perspectives. #lucky.
Thanks, Tim, for sharing a bit more about yourself. Stay tuned for more interviews with Staff, Members, & Alumni!