Name: Blandon Jamal David
Occupation: Administrative Director, Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL)
Current City: Washington, D.C.
On the NMAAHC Ambassadors Program: What he most looks forward to when the Museum opens: I look forward to being able invite my parents – who were born and raised in the Deep South – to the museum in 2015. * How becoming a donor to this National endeavor impacted him: It has impacted me by feeling more connected to DC – my home away from home. Giving me the chance to contribute to be a part of something larger than myself. I had concerns that being in my mid-twenties would hinder my contribution/efforts; I could be using funds on other necessities right now. Nonetheless, getting involved at a young age in service will hopefully allow me to stay invested in the organization such as the Smithsonian for years to come. Having philanthropic interests at a young age should be in the mind of every young professional. I hope my initial interest will allow anyone – young or old – to find something they are passionate about and get involved.
REFLECTIONS: First job: Senator Mark Kirk of Illinois – Staff Assistant * Advice he’d give himself 10 years ago: “Thank your mother and father…they did a damn good job”. * Most valuable life lesson learned: “I will fail or succeed by no man’s doing but my own”. * Best lesson learned from a past mistake: “Don’t do it again”.
DIVERSIONS: Reading now: Lord of the Flies by William Golding * Planning to read next: The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck * Recently discovered: Philanthropy.com * “I keep trying to tell people that…”: I will join the Navy Reserves
PLAYING FAVORITES: Hotel: Boardwalk Plaza Hotel, Rehoboth Beach Delaware * Getaway: New Orleans * Bar to meet friends for drinks: Capitol Hill Club * Last Brunch: Georgia Brown’s Jazz Brunch
Stay tuned for more profiles in our NMAAHC Ambassador/Black philanthropy series.