We recently welcomed Ali Kingston to the DSAGT Board of Directors. We're so excited to welcome her to our community and wanted to share a little bit more about our newest board member.
Tell us a little more about your educational background and professional journey.
I attended the University of Memphis, in Memphis Tennessee, where I received my bachelors degree in 2016. After graduating, I moved to Washington, D.C. to attend The George Washington University Law School. I spent my law school career interning and working in the public interest sector and graduated with my J.D. in May of 2019. I am currently a staff attorney at Legal Aid of Western Ohio, Inc.
Why did you want to join the DSAGT board?
My high school had a peer mentor program, which allowed students to be a peer mentor to a life skills student during their senior year. This was an incredible program and I am grateful I was able to participate. My mother is a teacher and has taught special education students. This community has been part of my life for many years. When I moved to Toledo and there was a board opening and DSAGT was welcoming right from the beginning, it felt like a no brainer that this was the board for me.
Why do you think it's important for young professionals to be involved in the community?
The Maya Angelou quote, "People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel," is extremely accurate for young professionals. We are going to have incredible careers but to make that actually meaningful, we have to give back to the community. I think it is important for young professionals to think about what they want from a board or volunteer experience and actively seek that in their community.
What do you enjoy most about being a part of DSAGT?
I wanted a board experience where I got to be active in the planning and fundraising of events while feeling part of the community as a whole. DSAGT gave me all of that. There are so many new and fun events being planned to engage young professionals and I am really excited to see my peers wanting to give back to this organization. DSAGT is a small organization so it is really rewarding to be able to see the impact of the work being done for our families.
What are your absolute favorite things in this world?
TRAVEL. I do not live in the same state as my family, and my friends live all over the country, so I love to travel to see them. I also love seeing new places and meeting new people, that is definitely the extrovert in me. My best friend and I periodically talk about packing up and traveling the world, maybe one day we will do it.