“YPN5Q” is a weekly Q&A series spotlighting the state’s top young business and civic leaders and creative minds — professionals propelling change through entrepreneurship, the arts, public service, social media, and community involvement. This week, we hear from Jamie Millard, communications coordinator for the Charities Review Council.
In her work, Millard provides overall marketing and communication support for the Council’s programs to donors and nonprofits and assists with the planning and execution of all communication campaigns.
Millard is also the co-founder and managing director of Paper Darts, a literary arts magazine based in Minneapolis.
Additionally, Millard sits on the board of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network – Twin Cities (YNPN-TC).
Happiest when generating ideas and solving problems, Millard prides herself on bringing focus and originality to every endeavour.
Name: Jamie Millard
Residence: Minneapolis (Texas born)
Current job title: Communications coordinator
Current employer: Charities Review Council
1. What were you like at 12 years old?
I was a bossy little sixth grader who would rush home after school to play computer games on her PC.
I’m still bossy, but sadly too busy for a daily romp with video games (every once in a while I do indulge on the weekends).
2. How did you become involved in your current line of work?
As an English major, there was nothing I wanted more than to work in the publishing industry.
Lucky for me, the Twin Cities’ publishing industry is not only thriving, but also heavily concentrated in the nonprofit sector.
Working in publishing introduced me to the unique challenges and passionate atmosphere of mission-oriented organizations.
I started to discover my love for capacity-building work, work that strengthens and builds infrastructure for organizations in order to allow them to better carry out their missions.
No matter what I’m doing — work for my current job with the Charities Review Council, board duties for YNPN-TC, my leadership role at Paper Darts — it speaks to my dedication to the idea that a rising tide lifts all boats.
3. What’s something people wouldn’t guess about you?
I’ve taken over eight years of Latin studies. In 2004, I placed second in a national Latin competition.
4. What is always on your to-do list that never gets done?
Tweeting more from my personal @JJMillard account.
I have what communication folks call “MTPD,” Multiple Twitter Personality Disorder.
Over the last few months I’ve been assigning certain Twitter duties to other people so that I can focus more on my personal Twitter account. Personal tweeting was the reason I got into Twitter in the first place!
5. What’s the most fun activity you’ve done/place you’ve been in the Twin Cities?
In the summer of 2010, Paper Darts partnered with Books and Bars and John Jodzio for a week of fun through the Storefront-in-a-Box extravaganza.
There was an art gallery to view, nightly readings, mad partying and fun all around.
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