EWB-USA’s newest Volunteer Engagement Assistant, Leah Elsmore, loves connecting with and helping our volunteers. When she’s not cooking something tasty for friends and family you can find her improving the EWB-USA Help Desk.
How did you first learn about and get involved with EWB-USA?
I learned about EWB-USA when researching international development non-profits in the Denver metropolitan area. I was impressed by the EWB-USA mission and the organization’s focus on community-based development. When the Volunteer Engagement Assistant position opened, I was thrilled to throw in my hat for the opportunity to work with an organization that’s improving public health through engineering.
Tell us about your new role here! Who will you interact with and impact the most?
I work directly with volunteers to answer their questions about EWB-USA. I also assist with maintaining and editing the Help Center. It’s an awesome tool available to our volunteers for finding answers to questions quickly and easily.
What part of your job is most exciting and why?
I love working with people! It’s exciting to connect with volunteers and to provide them with the answers they are looking for. I work with volunteers all over the country who bring a variety of experiences to the table. I enjoy connecting people with networking opportunities and helping them grow as professionals to make a positive impact in the world.
What does “engineering change” mean to you?
Engineering change is a process of discovering creative and innovative solutions to tackle problems. Regardless of where you work or what you do, there will be moments when you need to think outside the box to come up with the best solution for the problem at hand.
How do you spend your free time?
Like many of my co-workers here at EWB-USA, I am passionate about traveling. One of my bucket list goals is to hit all of the continents. I’ve been to four out of seven so far! I enjoy checking out local restaurants and breweries and taking my dog Finnegan hiking at our beautiful Colorado state parks. My other great passion is cooking! I love trying new recipes and sharing meals with my friends and family. I’m an avid reader and constantly find myself enthralled by non-fiction books about the history and social context of infectious diseases.