WATCH: Executive Director Jamie Haft talks “Waves of Change” for 2022

Last year, our theme of “Breakthrough” acknowledged the strength of Circles chapters breaking through obstacles to achieve financial security, reliable transportation, affordable housing, and other forms of well-being for their whole communities. 

To launch the year, Circles USA’s Executive Director Jamie Haft recently hosted a webinar about our latest breakthroughs in poverty alleviation. In the webinar, Jamie details how—from the people-powered momentum of our network—we are making waves of change. She reflects on the successes and challenges from the past year, shares ideas for the year ahead, and promotes ways to get further involved with Circles USA.

“Waves of Change” that Jamie discusses include:

  • Building Community to End Poverty
  • Advancing Systemic Change 
  • Pursuing Equity
  • Using Data
  • Sharing Stories 

Watch Jamie’s WAVES OF CHANGE webinar here!

About the presenter: As executive director of Circles USA, Jamie identifies opportunities for organizational growth and designs comprehensive plans to achieve goals. She is passionate about scaling up our Big View teamwork that removes the barriers that trap people in poverty. For her role at Circles, Jamie draws on a wide range of professional experiences—from theater and multimedia storytelling to community organizing; public relations; and community development. Here are her reflections as a first-time executive director navigating leadership in a pandemic, with her appreciation to Circles chapters for so much inspiration and support.