Business Relationship Officer
Inspiration: “The past is in your head. The future is at your feet. The present is in your hands.” – Unknown
What working in this community means to me: “As a recent transplant coming from a relatively smaller community, it means a great deal to join a sizeable and diverse community.”
Beni builds and cultivates relationships with corporate partners and supports their Corporate Social Responsibility goals in alignment with Greater Twin Cities United Way’s mission and vision. She hopes to play a role in building a stronger, more caring community through growing our relationships with corporate partnerships, recognizing the integral role they play in strengthening communities.
Prior to joining United Way, Beni discovered the joy of community-focused work with two terms as an AmeriCorps VISTA; first at Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Wyoming and then at the Greater Fox Cities Area Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Wisconsin. After ten years and three roles at Habitat for Humanity, a fellow Rotarian recruited her to join the resource development team at United Way Fox Cities. Although initial curiosity led her to South Dakota School of Mines and Technology as a geology/paleontology major, Beni opted for a Bachelor of Science degree in political science from University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh.
Beni has found much joy in her new community through two volunteer roles: a WCA Foundation member, grantmaking to a diverse group of nonprofit human services organizations changing the lives of women, and as a reading tutor for second graders with Reading Partners.
Living near the city lakes keeps Beni active as a runner and helps her build her half marathon medal count. She also enjoys yoga, cross country and downhill skiing, scuba diving, reading, and travelling as much as resources allow. You can take a girl out of Wisconsin, but you can’t take the Packer fan out of the girl.