Evelyn Powery grew up right here in the Bay Area. She moved to Los Angeles to earn a B.A. in Communication Studies from UCLA. Most recently she completed her M.B.A. from Duke University in North Carolina, and she is excited to finally be back home.
Evelyn’s interest in community development began at UCLA with her heavy involvement in Intervarsity Christian Fellowship as a Bible study and worship leader. She began delving into issues of social justice and upon graduation joined the Peace Corps to teach English in the Philippines for 2 years. Evelyn explored her role in international development, learned about different cultures while traveling around Asia and ultimately found business to be an intriguing way for empowerment and development. She applied to business school and loved Duke’s emphasis on social entrepreneurship (its NCAA-winning basketball team didn’t hurt either).
After the Peace Corps, Evelyn continued to explore her interest in the social sector. She worked for InnVision Shelter Network to launch a college readiness program for homeless youth, consulted for various nonprofits and social enterprises with Third Plateau Social Impact Strategies, and lived in East Africa helping a global health nonprofit scale operations from Burundi into Uganda. While at Duke, Evelyn served on the board for the Ronald McDonald House of Durham, co-chaired the business school’s impact investing initiative, and served as a Fellow for the school’s center for social entrepreneurship.
Evelyn has followed New Beginnings Community Church (NBCC) since its inception and worked with the pastoral team to develop the initial plan for Transforming Communities. She firmly believes that NBCC will impact the world.
When she’s not working, Evelyn enjoys traveling, playing soccer, cycling, playing the piano and singing.