The IRC in Atlanta is thrilled to announce that two of our very own—Kaycie Pitts and Jennifer Potts—have been named as part of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN) Atlanta ‘30 under 30’ Class of 2021!

Each year, YNPN Atlanta recognizes 30 young professionals who are making waves in Georgia’s nonprofit sector with this award. We are so proud that our talented team members are included in this esteemed group of awardees. Please join us in congratulating Kaycie and Jennifer and the rest of the incredible ‘30 Under 30’ Class of 2021—the next generation of nonprofit leaders in Georgia!

Kaycie Pitts, Operations and Compliance Specialist

“I’m honored to have been nominated by my supervisor, Zak Metz, who has been an incredible mentor during my time at IRC. I started as an intern with the Economic Empowerment department in 2018, and later did AmeriCorps in the same department. I learned so much about our client facing services for new arrivals and found lots of enjoyment in supporting the team with monitoring prep and quality assurance efforts. 

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“I strive to improve efficiency and reduce administrative tasks for client facing staff, so that they’re able to focus on the most important work – serving our clients.”

“I currently support the Atlanta, Tallahassee, and Miami offices in quality assurance and compliance efforts, Human Resources, and as a SuperUser for our new financial system, Integra (thank you, Ash Juneghani, for teaching me everything I know about Integra). I strive to improve efficiency and reduce administrative tasks for client facing staff, so that they’re able to focus on the most important work – serving our clients. We’ve hired 40+ staff in the last fiscal year, and I look forward to continuing to support our offices and staff in any way possible.”

Jennifer Potts, Microenterprise Development Coordinator

"I am honored and appreciative to be awarded the 30 under 30 Young Nonprofit Professionals Network Award for my work as Microenterprise Development Coordinator at the IRC in Atlanta. It is a privilege to be amongst the Class of 2021. After returning from the Peace Corps, I knew that I wanted to work in the international space, supporting individuals to amplify their skills, experience, and talents through asset building. After finishing my MSW, I joined the IRC in 2020 to coordinate the program that works with new Americans to gain financial independence by providing access to capital and training to start, sustain or expand a business to support themselves and their families. 

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“We do this work because our clients are eager to help build their local communities and share their skills, experience, and culture that enrich our economy.”

"There are unique barriers that immigrant entrepreneurs face as they navigate the US business ecosystem, and the program helps to address those challenges. This work isn't possible without interns, volunteers, mentors, and the local neighborhoods that embrace the businesses. We do this work because our clients are eager to help build their local communities and share their skills, experience, and culture that enrich our economy. This award motivates me to continue to live a life of service. For me, that means the continuation of figuring out how I can use my skills and interests to help elevate, connect, and create access for others so that they can use their talents as well."

 

To learn more about the work of the IRC in Atlanta and for information on how you can get involved with the IRC as a donor or volunteer, please contact Senior Development Manager, Kalie Lasiter, at [email protected] or 678-636-8941.

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