Connecting Communities | June 2022
Marillac St. Vincent Family Services (MSV) is pleased to welcome Veronica Brown as its new Chief Development Officer. Veronica brings over 20 years of fundraising experience including annual fund, major gifts, capital campaigns, planned giving, board development, and non-profit management expertise. In this new role, she will lead fundraising and marketing strategies.
We sat down for a virtual Q&A session to learn more about her background and enthusiasm for her new role at MSV.
What attracted you to the mission and culture of Marillac St. Vincent?
First off, I love the population that MSV serves. I am first generation Mexican American; I grew up with three siblings, and my parents were hard working farmers. The only way they could work and provide for our family was through affordable childcare at home. So, my parents would hire a family member from Mexico who would stay with us as a live-in nanny. Through this method of affordable childcare, our parents were able to provide for us, and my siblings and I were able to focus on our education and move towards upward mobility. Parents will do what they have to in order to provide for their families.
I resonate strongly with how Marillac St. Vincent offers services for early childhood education and childcare as well as opportunities for parents and adults to help support their families and follow their dreams. I love the collaborative culture of the organization and how everyone is committed to the mission of helping end the cycle of poverty for families in Chicago.
Please tell us a little about your skill set and background and what gets you excited about working with Marillac St. Vincent.
I knew I always wanted to work in an area that directly helps people. This desire, to help others, has always driven me in my professional career. For the last 20 years, I have worked in strategic planning and fundraising in the non-profit world including the Children’s Museum of L.A., Cesar E. Chavez Foundation, The Whole Child, and the Chicago Public Library Foundation. I was very lucky to have good female mentors as a young professional, I was inspired by the way they built relationships that connected back to the mission of the organizations they supported. This is something I have always tried to emulate in my career, and I am excited to be a part of an organization like MSV which embodies its mission so strongly.
Imagine 1 year from today, is there an impact or contribution that you would be most proud to have achieved with MSV?
My initial goal is to help increase donations and donor engagement with the organization, across different levels and ages. I am also passionate about developing a strong team where everyone thrives at what they do. I look forward to bringing together the right resources, tools, and people, helping the team develop in our professional careers as we all work together to grow the organization.
As you settle into your role, what would you say to someone considering working or volunteering for MSV?
MSV is a place where you will find real commitment to the organization’s mission across the team. For example, we start every group meeting reciting the mission and include time for reflection. We always bring it back to the work and the why - which helps in the good and challenging days in our roles. It feels like a family for everyone who works here. We take time to acknowledge those who have been helpful to us, and it is the constant reminder of the impact that keeps us excited.
Anything else you’d like to share?
Marillac St. Vincent is so much more than just childcare. There is tremendous work that happens inside these walls, from early childhood education to youth and outreach services, we are helping families and senior citizens every single a day.
Interested to get involved with Marillac St. Vincent?
Learn more about ways to donate, volunteer or work at MSV.