Allison Sandmeyer-Graves

Director of Youth Programming and Director of Development and International Projects, WE

In speaking about the impact on beneficiaries she witnessed while working at WE, Allison said,

My favorite part of working at WE was meeting kids who had found a sense of belonging and purpose through WE. I would have loved this when I was in school, and I found it incredibly rewarding to help create outlets for their passions and connect them to a community of kids like them.

Reflecting on her experience at WE, Allison said,

The best part of working at WE was collaborating with incredibly bright, talented and driven colleagues, who challenged and supported me to grow. Overall, the diversity of career experiences that WE offered enabled me to build my “toolkit” rapidly and positioned me for future success.

One of the things I’m most proud of is the transformation we led in our monitoring and evaluation of programs. We made it a priority to understand how our programs were impacting people and used this insight to inform our work to produce even greater outcomes.

The organization matured dramatically over the time I was with WE. It went from being a grassroots organization with big ideas but limited capacity to an organization capable of scaling proven programs and initiatives internationally. This evolution involved a steady effort at building and improving systems, processes and programs to merit and support wide-scale replication.

Looking back, Allison reflected on her time at WE:

My time at WE taught me to set high standards for myself and others, and how to work hard to meet those expectations. It also gave me an education in how to challenge the status quo—internally and externally—to bring about the kind of change that I want to see in the world.

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