Muskoxen on Wrangel Island rivaled Wrangel Island, the rugged, frozen outpost located 300 miles above the Arctic Circle in Russia’s extreme Far East. In the first of three reports for Yale e360, Berger describes the arduous trip to Wrangel and the scientific work that has taken him there — research with Russian colleagues on the island’s 900 muskoxen, a shaggy beast that is a relic from the Pleistocene era. In subsequent reports, Berger will describe the motley assortment of wildlife that has colonized Wrangel and the contrasting impacts of climate change on eastern Siberia and Arctic Alaska.
Meet the faces of our organization! Our new Staff Profile blog series will introduce you to the people behind Operation USA. Check back every few weeks for new updates. This week, get to know our Director of Social Media & Media Outreach, Mary.
Mary (second from left) with her brothers and sister, summer 2013.
HOMETOWN: Worcester, MA (45 minutes outside Boston)
WORKING AT OPUSA SINCE: 2012 (full time since 2013)
TITLE: Director, Social Media and Media Outreach
PRIMARY JOB FUNCTIONS: Managing OpUSA’s social media accounts, developing communication strategies, e-mail marketing, website management, event planning and public/media relations.
BEFORE OPUSA I WAS: Working in the marketing department at a beauty company that operated a network of “how to” sites for women.
WHAT I LIKE MOST ABOUT WORKING AT OPUSA: Working with such passionate people to make a real, lasting difference in communities affected by disaster and poverty.
CAUSES I CARE ABOUT: Creating opportunities for women, food security, and generating access to educational resources for kids around the world.
MY BEST OPUSA MEMORY: My first week as a full time staffer, seeing how quickly people mobilized and came together to help in Oklahoma following devastating tornadoes.
IF I COULD SIT DOWN FOR DINNER WITH ANYONE IT WOULD BE: Hrmm.. it’s hard to choose! But I’d probably say Sheryl Sandberg.
BECAUSE: She’s a savvy and successful businesswoman, and is an inspirational leader for women not only in business but also in the tech industry, which is predominantly male. Before becoming COO of Facebook, she helped launch the philanthropic arm of Google, so I bet she’d have a lot of practical advice for the nonprofit sector.
THINGS YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT ME:
1. I went to an arts magnet middle/high school and studied theatre for six years
2. I’m addicted to HGTV
3. I can recite the “Peter Piper” tongue twister perfectly in one breath
4. I can’t whistle
5. I spend at least an hour a day Google-ing random facts
ON WEEKENDS YOU CAN FIND ME: Hanging out with friends, reading a good book, or outside riding my bike or playing tennis.
FAVORITE QUOTE: “In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count, it’s the life in your years.” –Abraham Lincoln
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Operation USA is pleased to announce that is has once again received a four star ranking from Charity Navigator–the highest recognition an organization can receive.
Charity Navigator is America’s premier independent charity evaluator. They help charitable givers make intelligent giving decisions by providing in-depth, objective ratings and analysis of the financial health and accountability & transparency of America’s largest charities. Charity Navigator awarded Operation USA four out of a possible four stars. Receiving four out of a possible four stars indicates that Operation USA adheres to good governance and other best practices that minimize the chance of unethical activities and consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way.
In 2008, Charity Navigator ranked Operation USA the “#1 Exclusively Privately-Funded Charity.” Previously, Operation USA maintained a four star ranking from Charity Navigator from 2001-2010.