We would like to extend a very warm welcome to the newest member of the ASTEP staff, Dorienne “Dorie” Brown! Get to know Dorienne in the interview below:
Where did you grow up? Inglewood, California.
Where did you work before joining the ASTEP team? I have eight years of experience working with nonprofits. Prior to joining ASTEP I worked with a supportive housing organization assisting one of NYC’s most vulnerable populations move off the streets and one with life! Before that I worked with Dwana Smallwood Performing Arts Center, helping to produce the MAMA Festival (More Arts, More Alive Festival) and with the New York International Children’s Film Festival as a Development Assistant.
Have you been onsite with any ASTEP programs? Which ones? RYSA Graduation and ASTEP Circle of Support Carnival Day. Attending both of these events was incredible! It was exciting to see the impact ASTEP has in the New York City community.
Did you have a background in the arts or teaching, when you started? My background is in the performing arts and working with arts organizations. I grew up doing theater. My experiences as a performer was instrumental in exposing me to different cultures.
What is the most challenging part of your work? I guess it would be explaining to people that development is not only about fundraising money but building long lasting relationships with donors who truly believe in the organization’s mission.
What is the most rewarding part of your work? Introducing the organization to new people. People are always amazed at how far ASTEP’s reach is. I love when they ask for more information on how they can become involved in supporting. I also love working with our volunteers.
What do you look forward to, each day, working at ASTEP? My ASTEP team! I love that my colleagues are so welcoming and we all are very passionate about the work we do.
What song best encapsulates your working personality? “September” by Earth, Wind and Fire. I grew up listening to this song and at every family function or party everyone was on the dance floor. It’s a happy song that brings people together. You can’t help but dance. It makes everyone feel good. That’s me at work! Upbeat, friendly and happy. We spend more time at work than with our families in some cases, so it’s important that my place of work is a happy place, at least 85% of the time.