Rebecca Kirkpatrick, Master of Nonprofit Administration '16
Lead Social Justice from Here
"Being in the program has helped me to grow professionally, academically, and personally. My investment in the MNA has proven to be a good decision time and again. What I have learned has already assisted me in realizing incremental career goals."
Rebecca Kirkpatrick, MNA ‘16, Found More at USF than a Master’s Degree - She Found a Community Dedicated to Social Justice
Rebecca Kirkpatrick, Master of Nonprofit Administration (MNA) ’16, is extremely passionate about mission-driven organizations, especially museums.
After spending three years as Membership Manager at CuriOdyssey, a children’s science museum in San Mateo, Rebecca felt it was time to take the next step in her career. She decided to apply to the University of San Francisco (USF) as the school’s dedication to social justice and community made it an ideal fit.
"Museums of all types are uniquely positioned to build community, connect, educate, and drive social change. I have found my passion and my niche in helping museums achieve their fundraising and programmatic goals," she said. "Being in the program has helped me to grow, test my knowledge, and stretch myself professionally, academically, and personally. The investment in the MNA has proven to be a good decision time and again. What I have learned has already assisted me in realizing incremental career goals."
Kirkpatrick is now the Membership Manager at the Oakland Museum of California, a museum specializing in the natural science, history and art of the state. She said the MNA program enabled her to develop the skills needed to move forward with her career. She was also able to apply what she learned in the classroom immediately to her work at the museum.
"Because this program is built for working professionals, I have been able to use the skills I am learning and directly apply them to what's happening in my office," she said. "It really opened my eyes to the myriad of ways organizations can be run. It has helped me more objectively and strategically analyze the state of nonprofit organization."
For Kirkpatrick, her cohort and professors created a rich learning environment and a strong sense of community. "I learn just as much from my classmates as I do from the texts and professors," she said. "It has offered me opportunities for great reflection and hard work, as well as fun and flexibility. I am forever grateful for my cohort. We have developed deep friendships, and we encourage each other to achieve at the highest levels."
The MNA program helped Kirkpatrick become a leader and inspire others in the nonprofit community.
I want to use my passion and what I have learned through the MNA program to be a leader and key decision maker within the nonprofit sector, and to help museums create stronger, more resilient, and connected communities.