Young Alum Learned Early About Desire to Help Community
After graduating from Gilmour, Anne Venzor ’10 attended the University of Wisconsin – Madison, where she majored in political science. During her junior year, she interned in Washington, D.C. fundraising for three members of Congress. Her supervisor offered her a position for after graduation, so she made the move to D.C. and has been there ever since. After working for a couple political organizations in the area, she took a job in the arts community at The Kennedy Center. She serves as the Assistant Manager, NSO Corporate and Foundation Relations and is responsible for working with foundations and corporations to secure funding for the National Symphony Orchestra. Anne’s favorite part of her job is the access to performances at The Kennedy Center. She commented, “This job has quickly reminded me of how much joy live performances and music can bring to a community, and I feel lucky to work for an organization that strives to do just that.”
Reflecting on her time at Gilmour, Anne says that she was inspired to pursue a career that involved working for or with communities, even if just in a small way, after participating in a service trip to Austin her senior year. She said, “Seeing the positive impact we had on that community firsthand was a rewarding and incredible experience that I still value today!” Anne said that her favorite part about Gilmour was and is the people, noting that she is grateful to have attended a high school with such a tight-knit community of students and teachers and an active alumni network.
Anne also talked about Mr. McCamley’s impact on her, saying that he taught her to see the significance of having her voice and opinion heard, whether through his Socratic seminars or in an academic paper. She has carried that with her throughout college and her professional career.
Next up for Anne? She’d love to continue to work in the arts world and hopes to go back to school for a master’s degree in arts management.