Nonprofit Organizations

Nonprofit organizations vary in size, scope, and focus. They include direct service organizations, policy and advocacy organizations, capacity-building organizations, and philanthropic organizations. What unites them all is a mission-driven focus that serves the public good. Our TNS panel and roundtables provide a fantastic opportunity to learn firsthand about public interest work directly from College alumni – individuals who were once in your shoes! Come learn about the broad range of career opportunities in nonprofits, and see how you can use your talents to make the world a better place on a national and international level.

Panel Participants

Amy Dix, AB'08, AM'11

Manager of Clinical Operations, Heartland Alliance
Table: 86

Ms. Dix graduated from the College in 2008 with a degree in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. Finding few jobs in this admittedly niche field at this time, she decided to pursue Social Work and graduated from the School of Social Service Administration in 2011. In her time in the College, she spent her free time with friends, many from Coulter House, and worked a series of on and off campus jobs, the best being in the McNeill Lab in the Psychology Department. She worked as a case manager for people with HIV, a case manager for newly arrived refugees, a therapist providing trauma-focused care for refugees, and now manages a program that provides comprehensive, culturally-appropriate care for refugees with mental health needs.

Steven Quispe, AB'17

Development Coordinator, Year Up
Table: 87

Mr. Quispe graduated from the College in 2017 with a degree in International Studies. While in the College, he was involved with the Socioeconomic Diversity Alliance, QuestBridge, the Organization of Latin American Students, French Club, College Housing, the Center for Identity and Inclusion, the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, the Chicago Academic Achievement Program, the Rosenzweig Scholars Program, the Fried Public Policy and Service Program, and the Center for College Student Success. After graduation, Mr. Quispe was named a Kimpton Fellow and joined the UChicago Consortium on School Research, a division of the Urban Education Institute, as a Development and Communications Coordinator. He piloted and managed the Consortium Investor Council, a group of foundations that funded general operations for the Consortium. In 2018, Mr. Quispe joined Year Up, a national nonprofit whose mission is to close the Opportunity Divide, as a Development Coordinator.

Maricar Ramos, AB'92

Sr. Manager, Workforce & Partnership Development, Chicago Public Schools
Table: 88

Ms. Ramos graduated from the College in 1992 with a degree in Psychology. She also attended a Developmental Psychology Ph.D. program at Loyola University Chicago. Since then, Ms. Ramos has enjoyed a diverse career as a funder/grant maker, nonprofit practitioner, and fundraiser. She currently works in Education as the Senior Manager for Workforce & Partnership Development for Chicago Public Schools, where she serves as the workforce development liaison for the school district and leads a team that is responsible for providing summer internships for 1400 students every year. She is also the most recent past Board Co-Chair for Chicago Women In Philanthropy (CWIP) and is the Chair of CWIP's Racial Equity and Social Justice Committee. Her passion for racial justice, social equity, women's issues and youth development is evident in all she does. In her spare time, she travels all over the world for yoga and meditation retreats.