Hi, I’m MacKenzie!  Thank you so much for stopping by my website.

I will never forget the time during my senior year of Social Work undergraduate studies that I went into my advisor’s office and told her that my personal and professional goal was to change the world, to make it a better place.  She swiftly reprimanded me, telling me to NEVER ever use that verbiage, that it was idealistic, naive, and just plain corny. Her advice was sound, educated, and accurate.  And yet, here I am, over six years later, and I am going to tell you that I have the same dream–I want to change the world.

Since the original proclamation of my life’s ambition I have become much less idealistic and much less naive (I am probably the same amount of corny).  I have witnessed pain, suffering, injustice, and poverty beyond comprehension.  I have worked with the marginalized and the oppressed both in the United States and in Costa Rica for several years, serving as a mentor, a case manager, a bridge builder, and a friend.  I have had to advocate against injustice and educate, usually people from my own culture, about the beauty and richness that comes from diversity.

I am currently the Program Manager for the Benefits Enrollment Centers at Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada as well as an MBA student at the University of Nevada.  I possess the unique qualities that are becoming more and more relevant in the nonprofit world– social work passion with a mind for business.  My diverse experiences in the nonprofit sector have helped me realize that my purpose is to catalyze social change and justice through empowering the marginalized.   

A staunch proponent of the theory that “the rule of crappy systems trumps the rule of crappy people”, I believe that the key to alleviating many of our social problems lies in the formation and application of improved systems.

I want to change systems, to break down barriers, and to equip and empower disenfranchised people in the process.  I do not know exactly what this will look like; if it will be working with the homeless here in Reno or working with immigrant women in the slums of Costa Rica; if it will mean starting my own nonprofit or having a leadership role in something that already exists.  What I do know, however, is that I want to change the world, make it a better place.  Will you help me?