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Volunteer Profile: David Wong

Current CCT Role: Project Manager, The Eliot School
Volunteer Since: 2016
MBAYale SOM
How Did You Discover CCTYale SOM alumni newsletter
Describe Your CCT Experience: I was co-project manager for a growth strategy project for Neurofibromatosis Northeast (NFNE), a rare disease non-profit based in Burlington, MA. The key question facing the organization was whether to expand geographically to the mid-Atlantic states, with the closure of the local NF branch. Our project approach included several workstreams of primary and secondary research, including: board and staff interviews; NFNE member database analysis; patient surveys and interviews; clinician and researcher interviews; peer organization research and interviews.  Ultimately, based on our analysis, we recommended that NFNE not expand geographically since there was existing opportunity to serve more patients and expand services in their existing northeast geography. We also specifically identified a need to emphasize greater clinician engagement and invest in further development of patient support capabilities, a key NFNE differentiator.   What does CCT offer that all the other activities which vie for your limited free time do not?I was looking for an opportunity to give back to organizations that serve a broader social mission but do so in a manner that could have greater impact and achieve greater strategic leverage than could be accomplished via individual volunteerism. I was also looking for an opportunity to utilize the management consulting skills that I have developed professionally since graduating from Yale SOM.
What Don’t We Know About You?I have particular personal interest in addressing social inequity, including the application of ESG principles in corporate direction and governance. At a personal level, I am an advocate of life hacks, particularly related to health and nutrition, including HIIT and intermittent fasting. 

Volunteer Profile: Ezra Gordon

After two years of working on projects with CCT clients, Ezra Gordon moved behind the scenes into the vital role of Chair of the Infrastructure Committee on the CCT Board.  He and his team have put in place the technology and information systems that project teams and Board committees rely on for online collaboration, accepting applications, maintaining volunteer and client records, and archiving history.

MBA:  The Amos Tuck School of Business Administration, Dartmouth College

Town of Residence:  Cambridge, MA

Professional Background:  Strategy & Operations, Entrepreneurship, Management Consulting, Marketing

Nonprofit Focus:  Energy, Environment, Health, Arts

Previous CCT Clients:  Springstep, Containers2Clinics, Mass Design, The Genesis Fund

Why did you decide to volunteer for CCT?

I first volunteered for CCT after graduating from Tuck in 2009.  In business school, I led Tuck Student Consulting Services, an organization which served a mission similar to CCT.  Based on that experience, I knew that CCT would be a fun and rewarding way to give back to my community.

What have you found to be the most rewarding aspects of working on a CCT project?  On the CCT Board?

CCT Client Profile: Roca

 

Organization: RocaName: Molly Baldwin, Founder and CEOMission:  Help disengaged and disenfranchised young people move out of violence and povertyLocation(s):  Chelsea and Springfield, MA; expansion plans in and out-of-state 

Please tell us what your organization does.

Roca helps young people between the ages of 17 and 24 move out of poverty and violence. We do this through relentless outreach to first engage them and develop transformative relationships with them. Our model is based on the stages of behavior change, in order to get young people ready, willing, and able to participate in programming around life skills, education and employment.

What are you best known for?

In addition to relentless outreach and relationship building, we are also known for using data like crazy. We use it to find and understand the young people we want to help. We use it to keep learning about what works and what doesn’t, and the level of effort that is required. In part because of this analytical rigor, we were recently chosen to pilot a first-in-the-nation Social Innovation Financing Project in the area of juvenile justice. It is a “pay for success” model, where Massachusetts will pay for reduced incarceration rates among high risk young men formerly involved with the justice system. This will allow us to reach more young people in need, and success with this model will also benefit taxpayers. It is an enormous privilege to be a part of this effort.

What challenges did Community Consulting Teams (CCT) help you resolve?

Volunteer Profile: Elizabeth Atkin

One of CCT’s longtime volunteers is Elizabeth Atkin. Elizabeth has worked on seven CCT client projects…three times as a team member and four times as project manager…more than any other volunteer! She has also served twice on the CCT project development team to help screen and evaluate client applications.

MBA: Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University

Town of Residence: Weston, MA

Professional Background: Marketing, Communications, Management Consulting

Nonprofit Focus: Arts, Healthcare

Previous CCT Clients: Indian Hill Orchestra and Music School, MyTown, Improv Boston, Press Pass TV, Beacon Hill Village, Danforth Art, Emerson Umbrella

When did you first hear about CCT?

I moved to Weston in 2001 and was interested in resuming my career in marketing or consulting. A friend recommended I contact Carolyn McGuire who was a founding member of a consulting group comprised of MBA alumni. As fate would have it, Carolyn McGuire lives right around the corner from me! Well, life got busy, and it took a year or two, but I finally asked her about CCT.

Why did you decide to volunteer?

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Access Your Team Project Site!

1) Read the following instructions before proceeding to your project site:

To access your team’s site, you will need to log in with your cct email account.  Because the team site is based on Google’s platform, there are two sets of instructions, depending on whether you already have a gmail account.

 

 If you have a google (gmail) account, you may see the following screen once you proceed to the project site:

 

Click “Switch Account”

 

Click “Add Account”

 

 

Type in your CCT Username

[yourfirstname].[yourlastname]@cctboston.org 

(eg: John.Smith@cctboston.org)

 

Your Password:

If you are new to CCT, your password is: volunteer

You will be required to change your password once you log in.

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