Employee Spotlight

Kylie Engel - January Featured Employee

Kylie graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies and Certificates in Integrative Strategic Communications and LGBTQ Studies. Kylie brings years of experience involved with community center activism and a diverse background working with nonprofits. Her dedication to equity, diversity, and inclusion are always at the forefront of any project. Her previous role working with a non-profit dedicated to voting rights advocacy and social change has contributed to her passion to make the world a better place by uplifting the voices of others through community coalition building. In Kylie’s free time she enjoys spending time at Lake Harriet or an oat milk latte at a local Minneapolis coffee shop.

Briefly describe what you do in a day.

My day consists of completing assignments for Marketing Communications and Individual Giving. Depending on the needs of our team and clients, you might find me writing copy, researching, creating communications calendars or working in a database.

What is the best part of your job?

I love my ability to work with a variety of clients and projects. Every day I learn more about the amazing work happening in our backyard. I am very thankful to be in a position that has a direct community impact and honored to work with a team of supportive and driven professionals, they truly make every day a good day.      

What is your proudest moment at JMA?

One of my proudest moments at JMA is being a member of the Individual Giving/Marketing Communications team that successfully raised EOY funds for our clients. It is incredibly rewarding to witness how all the pieces of complex campaigns come together to positively impact our community.

What are three words to describe yourself?

Driven, Encouraging, Resilient

What’s one thing we wouldn’t necessarily know about you?

I have been an activist and advocate since the age of 14. My high school experience included organizing social justice campaigns and establishing a female empowerment club with the goal to empower, educate, and encourage women and allies through the lens of intersectional feminism. My activist work continued through college as I was a founding member of a non-hierarchal woman lead activist collation which created an Intersectional Women’s Center (IWC) at the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire. The two previously mentioned organizations are still uplifting voices and creating change today!

What is the best meal you’ve had?

Vegan breakfast nachos served with a vanilla oat milk latte from my favorite local restaurant in Eau Claire, WI. Homemade pita chips, topped with black beans, vegan yogurt, tofu egg scrabble, and salsa make any morning fun and flavorful!