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Jane Poole

Jane Poole

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What were you doing before Benetech that led you here?

I’ve always done human resources work combined with all other administrative functions required for organizational success. I worked in both the banking and high tech sectors and managed the administration function at Calera Recognition Systems, the for-profit tech company Jim Fruchterman founded. I was greatly inspired by Jim’s vision and achievements. I also always aspired to eventually work in the nonprofit world. When Jim started Benetech, this newly-founded nonprofit tech company seemed the prefect place for me. In many ways, then, moving toward Benetech has been “in my blood” since the early 1980s.

What is the best part about your job at Benetech?

The best things about my job at Benetech are the people I work with and the chance to make a difference in the world. The fact that our team members choose to work at a tech company that is deliberately a nonprofit makes my work different from and better than the typical human resources work. It also appeals to me that in many ways we operate like a business, not a traditional nonprofit. Our pragmatic business approach enables us to make a real, lasting impact in the world, which is paramount to me.

Thinking about Benetech’s future, what are you most excited about?

The future at Benetech is a wide-open canvas. What we’re doing can potentially help improve the lives of millions of people, and that to me is extremely important and exciting. I expect that in the future Benetech will generate social progress on a much larger scale. In my own personal philanthropy, what I do is neighborhood-oriented and has only local impact. I see so many people in my own neighborhood who need the sort of tools Benetech provides and I know there are million others likewise. That Benetech will have empowered multitudes, nationally and internationally, to succeed – that promise is tremendously inspiring and resonates with me.

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