Be an Organizing Fellow. Punya Krishnappa, Summer 2008
Current Role: Regional Field Director
Hometown: Algonquin, IL
Songs that get her fired up: “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor and “Lip Gloss” by Lil Mama
A 2008 alumnus of our organizing fellows program in North Carolina, Punya Krishnappa is now the Regional Field Director in the Winston-Salem region. We sat down with her to learn more about her experience.
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Q: Why would you tell someone to apply to be an organizing fellow?
A: Applying to be a Fellow for the summer of 2008 was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. By far. For it me was the moment that redefined what I want for the rest of my life. After I completed my organizing fellowship I truly felt respected in the community; I could hold my own ground, manage my own projects, and I was confident in the work I was doing. You are taught to create a personal network from nothing, and that’s something I don’t think I would have gained anywhere else.
Q: How did being a fellow prepare you for your current leadership role?
A: Being an organizing fellow gave me a solid foundation for understanding how to work with local communities. Relationships are such an important aspect of my career. As a fellow I cultivated lasting relationships with various community organizations and leaders that have definitely helped in my new role as a Regional Field Director in North Carolina 4 years later.
Q: What’s the best part of your job?
A: The best part of my job is that, every day I get to go to work knowing I’m helping to shape the future of our country. What could be better than that? I also work with the best staff in the country. Not a day goes by that I don’t meet someone with a powerful story that energizes my efforts to organize for the President and Democrats up and down the ticket. I honestly cannot imagine myself doing anything that’s more important than the work I am doing here in Winston-Salem for the people of North Carolina and that’s pretty cool.
Q: Tell us one unique fact about yourself:
A: I’m a huge sports fan, so nothing gets between me and my teams, the Bulls, Bears, Hawks, Cubs and Chelsea FC.
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