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Philanthropy Friday: Christina Mirando

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1.  How long have you lived in Austin? I’ve lived here for about 4 years. I chose to move here because of the city’s budding film industry. I didn’t know how much I would love it.

2.  What do you do for work? In August 2009, I co-founded a nonprofit called Women.Design.Build: we provide design and building workshops for women and girls in Central Austin. We get to work with some of the most talented and passionate people in this city: artists, builders, community leaders, women, and girls of all ages and populations. It’s so rewarding. Additionally, I’m the Community Manager of Center61; a co-working space for nonprofits and social entrepreneurs. Also very rewarding!

3.  What is your favorite nonprofit? Well I do love Women.Design.Build, of course! I also love the work of WDB’s partner organizations, American Widow Project and Saint Louise House. They are both so committed to educating and empowering women to be confident, self-sufficient leaders. I can get behind that.

4.  What motivates you to be philanthropic? In my work, I’m always reminded of the sameness of people. We are all here and we all experience suffering, joy, happiness, fear, etc. There’s a great humility and softening that comes with connecting with people. With taking a moment to pause and make a gesture of kindness. To me, kindness is so intelligent. It’s what propels me to engage in my community.

5.  How do you give back? The greatest way I give back is through my work with Women.Design.Build. It’s all volunteer at the moment so it’s truly a labor of love.

6.  What has been your favorite WDB event/class? My favorite WDB workshop has definitely been the Laser Cut Lantern workshop. In just two hours, participants went from drawing out their ideas to assembling the final product –  it was so cool! And oh man we had some crazy looking lanterns come out of that workshop. It’s amazing what people can think of!

8.  What is your favorite “Austin” thing to do on the weekend? I love an occasional show at The Gallery, trying new restaurants, and spending time with friends and neighbors. A friend told me before I moved here that Austin is a “small city with a huge backyard.”  It’s so true!

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