Chris Alberts… An Introduction
November 4, 2012
I would like to begin by thanking our board and my colleagues for this wonderful opportunity. HAAM has been an incredible partner to Austin musicians and an indelible part of this community for the past seven years. I cannot truly express how excited I am to be joining the team as HAAM’s first ever Director of Development. This year I got to watch from behind the scenes as HAAM Benefit Day unfolded, I was both impressed and inspired by the people and energy that came together on October 2nd, and one thought kept coming back to me over and over, “This is so cool!”
I know many of you shared that same thought the first time you heard about HAAM. It’s a thought that I have daily when I meet with our musicians, when I talk to HAAMbassadors and supporters, and it’s the thought I have every time I see how much HAAM means to this community.
As the guy who will be asking you for money it’s important for me to know every one of our supporters, and I imagine you will want to know a bit about me. I was born and raised in Austin. I graduated from Westlake High School and then attended the University of North Texas where a degree in sociology and an internship with Big Brothers Big Sisters began my love of nonprofits. I’m an avid runner, owner of two (mostly) well behaved dogs, three backyard chickens, and partner to my wonderful girlfriend Kcie. I have been blessed to work with a number of exceptional nonprofit organizations that have allowed me to see first-hand how powerful a passionate and engaged community can be. As the Director of Development fundraising will always be a priority in ensuring HAAM’s financial health, but it is my sincere belief that keeping you all engaged, connected, and passionate about HAAM is essential to our future.
I am excited for the opportunities ahead, and proud to be part of an innovative organization that works to keep Austin music healthy and thriving. Your support of HAAM truly makes this a better community, and I look forward to meeting each and every one of you. I’m honored to be here… this really is so cool!