We are excited to introduce and feature Kerry Kozuki, Senior Director of Operations and Strategic Initiatives in today’s Meet the Team.
Kerry brings over five years of capacity-building experience in the nonprofit sector, experience as a business owner and many years in the luxury hospitality business. He possesses a vast knowledge of nonprofit capacity-building, general business operations, developing and executing programs and entrepreneurship. He received his MBA from the University of Washington Foster School of Business in Seattle.
In this newly created role, Kerry will support finance and operations, manage internal strategic initiatives such as product launches and will serve in the critical integrator role for the company working closely with the CEO, Cindy Eby.
Now, it’s time to hear from Kerry.
Q: What inspired you to pursue a career in evaluation and data use?
In my time as a capacity builder in the nonprofit sector, I have realized that a critical missing element for most nonprofits is the demonstration of impact. People in the nonprofit sector are passionate individuals who recognize a need in society and set about to address it, but struggle in determining and demonstrating the metrics that prove they are making a difference. When I recognized this, I made a vow to myself to somehow eventually involve myself in answering this need. ResultsLab helps to solve this need by collaboratively working with nonprofits to help them determine their most meaningful impact metrics, providing insightful data and visualizations, and building capacity in the form of a culture of impact data in partner organizations. The prospects for the amplification of this work and the future of ResultsLab are both exhilarating to me.
Q: How have the roles you’ve held in the past contributed to how you work now?
For the past 5 1/2 years, I was the director of management consulting and services at a nonprofit capacity-building organization. I was able to be directly involved in partnering with nonprofits and funders in the Pacific Northwest and across the nation in a wide variety of consulting engagements requiring diverse subject matter expertise. Prior to that, I was in the hotel industry as a general manager for the better part of my career. I believe that all of this experience will provide me with the context needed to assist in the development of a high-impact organization like ResultsLab.
Q: What’s your favorite quote/mantra?
Mahasudarshana mantra (at the moment)
Q: Who would you most like to swap places with for the day?
I have been an admirer of Oprah Winfrey for many years. It’s not so much that I want to swap places with her, but I have been in awe of how this amazing woman has used her platform and success to influence the course of human consciousness and aid in the betterment of society. If I could spend a day with her it would be a blessing.
Q: What are your top 3 favorite podcasts/books/blogs to follow?
- The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
- The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
- Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
Q: What is something people in your industry/niche have to deal with that you want to fix?
The propensity to be focused on the performative rather than the transformative. In other words, my sincere wish is that all forces in the social purpose space, including funders, capacity builders, nonprofits, staff and board members can become aligned and focused on what interventions and measures will actually make a lasting difference for communities that need lifting up. I see true, sustained and measurable impact for people as a pure form of equity and justice for our society.
Q: What are your hobbies?
Bicycling, motorcycling, skiing, hiking, running, meditation, yoga and travel are among my top activities. I am a travel enthusiast, have visited 28 countries, and my latest trip was to Greece in 2021 just as COVID restrictions eased for European travel. Recently I biked (or rolled down) the Virginia Creeper Trail. My side gig is as a Reiki Master and energy healer.
Q: Tell us something we don’t know about you.
I was born and raised in Canada and you may hear an accent.
Thank you, Kerry, for letting us pick your brain and get to know you better. Be on the lookout for our other ResultsLab teammate features in the upcoming months, and be sure to follow us on Facebook and LinkedIn.