+ POOL

January 5, 2015
3:39 AM

Hire First Staff, Kara Meyer

Kara Meyer is an incredible human being. Not knowing anything about running non-profits, let alone building one, we knew we needed someone at the helm that was way smarter and more experienced than us.

 

We met Kara when she was Development Director at Storefront For Art & Architecture, where she had given us hours of advice on what and what not to do regarding fundraising and project development (while simultaneously organizing the team representing America at the 2014 Venice Biennale and raising all the money to do it). Before that she was at an amazing organization called Art in General. She not only understood what we were trying to do, but she knew how to get us there. We took her out for lunch, told her what we were hoping to do, crossed (plussed) our fingers, and boom: we had our first full-time staff member (and only $12,000 in the bank after spending everything on Float Lab). Uhhhhh.

Kara w/ Board Member Andrew Essex

Prepping for a board meeting at Architizer

Since early 2015, she’s done an extraordinary amount to make + POOL happen, but the biggest is helping build an entire non-profit 501(c)3 organization from the ground up. When we started + POOL, we had no idea how many conversations, spreadsheets, forms, meetings, applications, grants, emails and phone calls were going to be a part of our daily lives, and she’s organized that potential chaos into something that’s beyond productive—she’s made it an art. Thank you, Kara—there will be no + POOL without you.

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