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Green has built his career around Compassion

Thu, Nov 8, 2012

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Josh Green, a Colorado Springs native who went to Cheyenne Mountain High School, always has been passionate about helping people. He’s worked with various nonprofits and organizations throughout his career and has landed most recently at Compassion International.

Green, 34, left Colorado and went to graduate school at Notre Dame. He always wanted to find his way back to the mountains, but didn’t realize how much opportunity there was to work in the nonprofit world back in his hometown until he found his way back with the Boy Scouts.

He has been directing information technology strategy at Compassion International for the past four years. The position is in keeping with Green’s goals of getting to know the nonprofit world from every possible angle.

Tell us about what you do at Compassion International

I currently provide technical consulting for our CFO, support service and executive groups at Compassion International. I help them build their functional strategies and assist in identifying areas of opportunity where technology could be of substantial benefit to each group.

What drew you to nonprofit work?

I’ve always been drawn to helping people in need and working in the social sector to add value to people’s lives in a variety of ways. That landed me square in the center of the nonprofit sector. I’ve worked with a number of youth programs and decided to complete my masters in nonprofit administration. After working with several local nonprofits, I was drawn to Compassion’s holistic model targeting poverty from cultural, social, spiritual, personal and biophysical aspects.

Where do you hope to go professionally?

I’ve made it my goal to work in nearly every part of a nonprofit, from direct care to finance to IT and strategy management, in order to thoroughly understand how to maximize the efforts of organizations. It’s my hope that in time I can bring that knowledge to bear at an executive level for an organization that makes a substantial impact for good in the lives of those in need.

What do you do outside of work?

I currently sit on the board of directors for Mercy’s Gate, an organization dedicated to partnering with churches and organizations all over Colorado Springs to meet our neighbors’ needs by helping with their emotional, physical, financial, and spiritual needs.

From time to time I also participate in the Colorado Springs Young Professionals and Chamber Rising Professionals events and do my best to maintain connection with other professional organizations in my field. Recreationally, I enjoy playing rugby, venturing into the back country, and just completed a half Ironman Triathlon.

I greatly enjoy spending time with my family at home, around the city, or out in our mountains as well!

How did you end up back in Colorado Springs and why have you stayed?

I grew up in Colorado Springs and while away, longed to get back to the mountains and the familiar territory where I enjoyed playing throughout my youth. After completing my graduate degree, an opportunity came up with the Boy Scouts that drew me back to the Springs area. I’ve decided to stay because I know the area well, have built a good network of friends here, and have had a number of opportunities in the Springs to use my knowledge, skills, and abilities.

What opportunities and challenges to you believe young professionals in Colorado Springs have?

There are a number of challenges here for local young professionals. In talking with my peers, they are finding it difficult to find professional networking opportunities. While there are a various social and recreational groups, it seems that it is difficult to find places where there are opportunities to learn more about how best to move forward in your professional career. Opportunities to get involved in the city at professional, social, and political levels are not always readily visible and sometimes seem non-existent. While this is difficult, it also creates the greatest opportunity for local young professionals – the potential to create your own reality. Being a social, political, or business entrepreneur takes a lot of commitment, direction, and endurance, but when successful, can provide substantial benefits. Unless you are very intentional, it can be difficult to identify opportunities to network with other young professionals and even more so to find leaders who will help you succeed. Many young professionals are looking for our city leaders to help guide them in their careers, to offer advice or opportunities where they can be more successful in their field. Consistent promotion of young professionals from our leadership could bring further visibility to the growing number of young professionals who love this city and are ready and willing to take on the challenges that Colorado Springs, our state, and even our country currently face in this economic, political and social climate.

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