I'm Njon (pronounced "John"). I've been in the Bay Area most of my adult life but have also lived in Paris and briefly in Hilo, HI. I'm a total foodie, a TV/Film commentaries junkie, and an avid urban hiker. Come walk some hills with me!
What do you do for OrgOrg?
As Community Manager and Membership Co-Lead, I help moderate member content and assist in member on-boarding and support.
What Inspired you to volunteer with OrgOrg?
After successfully using the advice from other members, I wanted to share my admin chops with the group that has also helped build my confidence level so that I can better advocate for myself and my needs.
What projects have you worked on for OrgOrg?
I've taken on much of the group moderation and support issues, and my goal is to help members more easily navigate our ecosystem. I'm also helping on the web side with content and design.
What is your day job?
I'm Operations Manager at a bookkeeping startup. I cover the SF and Nashville offices and my focus is Facilities, Workplace, and IT.
How did you get to where you are today?
I struggled with mental health and addiction issues for a long time during and following high school and have spent the past decade picking myself up and developing my professional persona. Office Management was the perfect entry point for me to dip a foot into multiple areas to find the path that I love.
What is your typical day like?
HAHA!!!! Nice try! I think I can speak for 95% of members when I say we do the "everything else" AND our special projects. Mine include office builds, IT support and updates, managing my vendors and service providers, but mostly relationship building with my internal stakeholders and suppliers.
Anything fun or interesting you’ve worked on?
Office expansions and relocations is my happy place and I've had the pleasure to work on several. They have been some low-budget, quick and dirty jobs and some multi million dollar gigs. They each have their challenges.
If a high schooler or new grad walked up to you asking for your advice and you only had a few minutes to give ‘em your best tips, what would it be?
It sounds corny (and it's taken me a long time to understand) but I tell them that they actually can shoot for whatever position they want. It can happen with (a lot of) patience and perseverance. I emphasize that they not be afraid to change course if they find that their interests lie elsewhere. I'm not exactly where I want to be today, but I'm enjoying the path to getting there.