Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Meet Patricia! Save the Harbor's Director of Development

Hi! Today marks my 53rd day at my dream job with Save the Harbor. I am grateful to a few people in my life who I met during my Core Certificate program at the Institute of Non-profit Practice last fall. Malene Welch (Boston Children's Museum), Nikki Tabron (Thompson Island) and Carole Charnow (Boston Children's Museum) have witnessed my re-birth as a fundraiser and frankly, as a wife, mother and individual. 

Nikki Tabron, Patricia, and Malene Welch

I guess my life's lesson is that you never know who you will meet or how things will come together, but surrounding yourself with good people is key. This is what I have realized through my journey starting back in the early nineties (now you know how old I am). 

Having working in the for-profit side of business in luxury cosmetics for 14 years before my pivot into fundraising, I have witnessed the intersection of both, resulting in a long-term partnership with my now husband, formerly the recipient of a small grant from Kiehl's Since 1851 when I was in charge of International Business Development and Global Marketing - Asia, Latin America and Australia. Adrian, a cell biologist, taught me how his work, and that of many others is heavily reliant on the philanthropy of others.

Fast forward and here I am today. Stronger, after working with small to medium sized shops, and wiser because of my mentors and colleagues in the field like Sonja Plesset (while at Whitehead Institute), Fabio Fernandez (while at the Society of Arts and Crafts), Bernie Pucker (my earth angel) and Rebecca Lubens (while at Understanding Our Differences). 

Often, when people find out that I like to fundraise, they are amazed. I respond that fundraising is a way for me to best utilize the skills I have been given. Listening and engaging people on their interests and understanding their motivation to support a particular cause is like opening a book. I believe that every person has a story and I want to make Save the Harbor a major part of this story.  Through the years I have also learned that if you do not ask, you will not receive, and a "no" is not a final "no" but a "not today". 

Patricia holding a huge striper at the Fishing Derby

So everyday I wake up loving the work I do because I am surrounded by intelligent, creative and really good people at Save the Harbor, doing what I love to do - passionately and whole heartedly,  I can truly say, I have found my dream job. Thanks for reading!

Meet Sabrina!

 Hello! My name is Sabrina Suros (she/her) and I am beyond excited to join the Save the Harbor/Save the Bay team as the Social Media & Communications Assistant. 

I graduated from the University of Central Florida in Communications and Media Management. While living in Orlando, I discovered my passion for environmental activism interning at two local non-profit organizations that aim to help people and heal the planet. Ever since, I have known that I wanted to pursue a career path that allowed me to do my part in conserving and protecting our natural ecosystems, which is why I am so grateful to be part of this wonderful organization. 

In this past year, I set out to explore new cities and fell in love with Boston. Yoga, walks and meditation by the harbor were the highlights of my summer! I am so excited to take on this new role at Save the Harbor/Save the Bay and can't wait for what's to come!

- Sabrina

A New Chapter at Save the Harbor!


Revere Beach Sand
Sculpting Event 2021 
Hello everyone!! As you may already know, my name is Aleena Mangham (she/her/hers); I’m sure you have seen me here a lot!! 

            This past August, I finished my fourth summer on the harbor as a Program Assistant. This time around, I’m not working as a summer staff, I’m taking on the position as a Community Engagement Assistant. I’m extremely excited to get to experience the works of Save the Harbor through a completely different lens. While working on the water is my favorite thing to do (as you can tell because I have worked here forever!!), learning how to build connections,
make partnerships, and work “behind the scenes” to help build our programs is going to be a great learning experience for me. I plan to use some of these skills in the future.

Summer 2021 with my team
When not on the harbor, I’m a full time student at Howard University in Washington DC. I’m studying Criminology and Political Science in hopes to work in a job that incorporates prison reform and aiding those who have been wrongfully placed in prison and/or wrongfully sentenced for a minor crime. I have always wanted to work to help people, I just didn’t know how, and I feel like over the past two years I have found my calling--helping fix a broken justice system.

Thanks for reading!

Sea you soon,