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Hello, my name is Mara Bernstein. My pronouns are she her hers. I am an alum of Indiana University, Bloomington. I earned my Masters of Arts in anthropology in 2012. My career journey has been interesting. I've done a few different things so far. I started off being very academically oriented. I was very interested in anthropology and doing research and teaching and publishing. I spent a few years in that space working towards a PhD. I ultimately did not earn that PhD, but I did earned my master's. I went on to do Student Services at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law, specifically in the admissions office. So I've had an interesting view of the legal profession and also the law school space, helping people figure out if the legal profession is right for them and then helping them through that process of applying to law schools, figuring out the tests and the scores and all of that, all those fun, interesting things. So I did that for a few years and I really enjoyed the student academic services side. Then I took a little bit of a leap. And I went over to the alumni relations, fundraising and development side. And I worked at the Indiana University Foundation for a little while. So instead of working with students and young alumni and prospective students, I was now working with alumni who are much further along in their careers and their lives who were ready to give back to Indiana University in really large, significant impactful ways. When I worked at the Indiana University Foundation, I was working with a team of people working with alumni and supporters of Indiana University who were doing transformational giving. So some of these largest gifts, as well as our international alumni who were all over the world. After that opportunity, I then moved over to Indiana University Libraries and I was working with the amazing librarians and archivists that help all the things function on the IU Bloomington campus. I was helping coordinate events as well as our annual giving fund. So helping to connect alumni and supporters to different parts of the library to support them. Usually with donations, smaller ones, but still very important, impactful ones. And that was just a wonderful experience as well because librarians and archivists are just fantastic, wonderful people. Currently, I work for an organization called Breakthrough Collaborative. It's a non-profit that works in the equity in education space. So I support executives in the national office. Breakthrough Collaborative is actually the sort of national hub of a federated model of affiliates. And there are affiliates in 24 cities across the US. And what these breakthrough affiliates do is provide two really important things. Programming for students, middle school and high school students, to just pause on learning loss over the summer, but also be prepared to finish high school, be prepared to apply for college, be successful, getting into college and completing college and being ready for whatever is next. So it's very student-centric program. The other important piece of what Breakthrough Collaborative and all the breakthrough affiliates do is addressing the Teacher Pipeline in teacher preparation. And so we have teaching fellows who are usually current college students who come in and are teaching those middle school and high school students. So it's an amazing model where we have near peer teaching and learning happening. And those teaching fellows are also supported by instructional coaches. And so folks are really getting a sense of what teaching is and how to do it well, how to be well-resourced and build community around it. And the Breakthrough Collaborative has been around for about 40 years. And we're really seeing, we're really moving the needle on equity in education and getting really wonderful people involved in teaching, both in the classroom and as advocates for education broadly defined. So I've done, I've been revolving around education for my whole career in some way, shape, or form. And there have been ups and downs, but it's been a really good overall.