MEDA March 2016 Volunteer of the Month: Kurtis Nusbaum

Kurtis Nusbaum-BlogEach month, the Mission Economic Development Agency honors one of its dedicated volunteers — the people who are an integral part of MEDA’s ability to provide free services to low- and moderate-income Bay Area residents. Thanks to all of the selfless MEDA volunteers who choose Plaza Adelante as their second home. 

Name: Kurtis Nusbaum (photo, left)
Program: Workforce Development — Mission Techies

Why did you decide to volunteer with MEDA?
I think a lot of people feel that software and technology are things only accessible to a privileged few. This couldn’t be further from the truth. I wanted to share my craft with the community. Technology Training Coordinator Leo Sosa and the Mission Techies program seemed to share my passion for spreading knowledge, so the partnership felt natural.

What projects have you worked on as a volunteer?
Mission Techies and Code Ramp.

What do you like best about volunteering at MEDA?
When I come in to teach, I can tell that the students really want to learn. I don’t have to convince the students that learning these things are valuable. They know it’s valuable. That makes things so much easier.

What have you learned from your volunteer experience?
People will surprise you. If you give them even a small bit of help, they’ll run with what you give them and accomplish more than you may have thought possible. Every little bit helps.

Tell us something we may not know about you. Any interesting facts you’d like to share about your life?
I worked at Facebook, and I now work at Uber.

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