Meet Nikki Robb-New Program Associate

We’re pleased to introduce you to our newest staff member, Program Associate Nikki Robb. Nikki will support our fundraising, outreach, and marketing efforts.

Q: What brought you to Missoula?

A: I am actually from Missoula. Well, my parents moved me here in the 4th grade. I stayed here until age 23 when I decided to leave town to finish college. I was gone from Montana for about 10 years.

Q: What are your favorite things about the city?

A: Favorite things about Missoula, huh, too many to count. But some of my favorite things here are the mountains, the rivers, and the music scene. Also, the people; Missoulians are outgoing, progressive, kind, giving, healthy and happy (for the most part). Its a blessing to be surrounded by such great people.

Q: How did you first learn about the Missoula Community Foundation?

A: I believe I first learned of the Missoula Community Foundation while working as a PR assistant here in Missoula. My first real introduction to the community foundation was during Give Local 2015. A friend and colleague of mine recommended I get involved with the Give Local Missoula marketing team.

Q: What are you most excited about working on in your new role at MissoulaCF?

A: Well, I am a big fan of Give Local. I love the massive community involvement. I’ve always enjoyed fundraising and fundraising for so many local non-profits all at the same time is just fun! My new role here at the community foundation is Program Associate. I am also looking forward to developing and growing our current programs and future programs to come.

Q: Describe your career background.

A: I went to school at California State University, Chico. I paid my way through college in the food and beverage industry, but while I was there I began fundraising for local non-profits. My degrees are in Recreation Administration; they are Special Events and Tourism as well as Hotel, Lodging and Management, with a minor in marketing. After graduation I took an internship in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia. There I worked for Meegan Jones, event sustainability guru. We did event sustainability/green consulting and worked on an event sustainability measurement program. I lived there for over a year, working with Meegan and working large music festivals and conferences around the country. I worked many angles, from volunteer coordination, sustainability/green team, recycling manager, waste management, vendor coordinator, hospitality and more. After living overseas I decided it was time to return home to Montana. Upon my return I started working as an executive assistant. Once assimilated back into Montana life I wanted to get back into fundraising. I started working with local non-profits to throw their annual fundraisers, which led me to start my own event coordination and consulting company, NR Event Partners. I have been operating that company here in Missoula the last couple of years.

Q: If you could add one resource to the city, what would it be?

A: I would bring in more sustainable resource practices. Green practices are growing here, but have a long way to go. I am concerned with waste management. I would love to see better recycling programs here. Currently we can’t even sustainably recycle glass and many other wastes. Most of us that live in Missoula live here for the beautiful surroundings and easy access to nature, I wish it was easier for us all to take better care of this special town.

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