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Kelly Trop runs the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading’s internal database. She also assists with Huddle management by drafting the Weekly Roundup and formatting it in the email client. When it comes to the Campaign’s technology resources, Kelly is the go-to staff person for training and solutions.
How long have you been with the Campaign? I joined the Annie E. Casey Foundation as a program assistant in September 2014, but I have been with the Campaign since June 2013. I initially started working with the Campaign as a consultant and then was hired full time. In the beginning, my scope of work was with the Network Communities Support Center. It has shifted over time.
What did you do before this position? I interned at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in their public programs and technology departments. I helped prepare materials for various programs that the museum put on such as lectures and family events, and then for the technology side I was in the Luce Center, a public storage facility. Seven percent of the American Art Museum’s holdings are at the Luce Center.
By contrast 3% of the holdings are in the museum. I answered questions and wrote labels for the objects. Answering unexpected questions was fun because it gave me a chance to learn and practice my Google-fu.
What do you do when you’re not working? I should dance more. [Community manager’s note: Kelly and I met swing dancing and I’ve been after her to come out more.] I just got accepted to the Steering Committee of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy. I’m excited about that.
Favorite book as a child? My mom’s a children’s librarian so I got exposed to all of the classics. You can’t ask me to pick a favorite book! That’s not a fair question!
Where do you go or what do you do to recharge? Either hangout with friends, do crafts, or go on vacation. I do little surrealist postcards. I took a mosaic class recently. I made a felt bird garland recently. It’s hanging in my room right now. I was going to give it as a gift but I ended up keeping it because I liked it so much. I might still part with it. I made it with specific people in mind for it but now I like it too much! Later this year, I’m going to Hawaii with my dad and sister.
Kelly’s final thoughts: I mostly use the Huddle for posting announcements and sharing interesting updates or events to keep communities informed with what’s going on with their peers. I also use the Huddle as a reference for previous Weekly Updates and to reference Tell Our Story 2013. It’s the easiest place to find some of these things.
I’m really excited about this series and seeing the Huddle come alive as a community. In middle and high school I was active member of a forum as a moderator and the Huddle takes me back. I look forward to seeing where the Huddle goes.