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Meet Our Development Intern

// July 10, 2018

Introducing Ava Smith, Development Intern

This summer, The Women’s Foundation of Colorado is lucky to have two interns and one fellow join our team. In this blog post, we interview Ava Smith, development intern, budding PR practitioner, equal pay advocate, and East Coast transplant.

Where do you go to school?

I go to Regis University in Denver, CO.

What was your degree in?

I am going into my senior year at Regis, and I am studying communications with an emphasis in public relations, as well as minoring in business administration! I chose this course of study as I hope to apply my degree to working in the nonprofit sector – I want the work I do to have meaning and to do good in this world.

Where would you like to be working in five years or what would you like to be doing?

In five years I hope to have traveled (at least part of) the world and be working in PR and development. I hope that wherever I end up, I can continue to work and support causes that I believe in, such as equal pay for women.

What drew you to The Women’s Foundation of Colorado?

I first heard about The Women’s Foundation of Colorado from my aunt, who is an Annual Luncheon committee member. She invited me to the 2017 Annual Luncheon with Octavia Spencer, and I was immediately interested in, and excited about, the work WFCO does to help all Colorado women reach economic security. I believe women need to help other women in all realms of society, and WFCO is the only organization I know of that does that, and more. I’m excited I get to spend the summer working for The Foundation and learning as much as I can about the organization and the causes it supports.

What are you working on this summer at WFCO?

This summer I am working with the development team, supporting them with fundraising events, as well as pitching in on everything and anything, including the Annual Luncheon. I am learning about how development works and the role of public relations in a not-for-profit organization. I hope to learn more about PR and development in a real world setting.

What’s a fun fact about you?

I grew up in Cambridge, MA, with a mother from Wyoming and a father from Boston, an unlikely combination, but the best of both worlds! My grandfather moved from New York to Wyoming, then my mother from Wyoming to Massachusetts, and now I’ve moved Massachusetts to Colorado – seems like an east/west cycle going on here!








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