Written by: Lindsay Losasso
English Classes. Sunset on the beach. Fundraising Strategy. Flash Mob. Website Development. These are just a few highlights from my first week in Potrero. And yes, that’s right, Flash Mob.
Greetings to all Abriendo Mentes’ supporters and friends! My name is Lindsay Losasso, and I am going to be taking over Meradith’s position as AM’s new Project Director on July 1st. I have been here for a little over a week now and have absolutely fallen in love with this organization, the AM kids, and the entire Potrero community. It is such an honor to be taking over the amazing work that Meradith and Drew have dedicated themselves to for the past 3 years! It is obvious that AM has made a tremendous impact in this community.
A little background on how I ended up here with AM…. Last fall my husband Vinny and I decided that we were ready to branch out a bit geographically, and we started looking for employment opportunities in Costa Rica. I found AM’s Project Director opening and was immediately drawn to the organization’s mission to empower individuals and create economic equality in rural Costa Rican communities through innovative education initiatives. It really was my dream job. The last few months have been somewhat of a whirlwind as we packed up our lives in Pittsburgh to get ready for our new chapter in Costa Rica.
It’s also been an absolute pleasure getting to know the impressive group of AM volunteers and interns who are here generously donating their time and multitude of talents. They are such an inspiring group! Finally, a BIG thank you to the AM staff, the Potrero community, and especially Meradith and Drew, for making us feel so welcome right from the start. I am so glad to be here!
Lindsay Losasso most recently served as the Programs and Grants Manager at the Squirrel Hill Health Center, a non-profit community health center in Pittsburgh, PA. The primary focus of her work was helping low-income and uninsured individuals access primary care, including a large immigrant and refugee population. She has also studied in Spain and worked on communications projects In Ethiopia. She received her BS in Integrated Marketing Communications from Ithaca College and her Masters in Public Health from the University of Pittsburgh.