04 Dec, 2023
December 4, 2023
Written by Rhonnel Sotelo, Chief Executive Officer
Building a talented, cohesive team and unleashing them with the flexibility and freedom to own and lead their work is one of the Rogers Family Foundation’s core values. Throughout the remainder of our timeline, we will share our appreciations and reflections on the distinct qualities, accomplishments, and contributions of each Rogers Family Foundation team member. This piece celebrates Amy Breshears, who joined the foundation earlier this year.
“We know what we are, but know not what we may be.” While these words come from Shakespeare’s Hamlet, they could just as easily describe the promise and potential that Amy Breshears has demonstrated in her brief, but impactful time with the Rogers Family Foundation as our Communications and Events Associate.
I have been colleagues with Amy for nearly five years, benefitting daily from her excellence and effectiveness as the Operations Manager for the Rogers Family Office. Her exceptional skills in project management, customer service, and day-to-day communications aided each team member – Family Office and Foundation alike – at our shared space in Oakland’s Jack London Square. “Amy tackled projects outside of her comfort zone and has exceptional customer service skills. She built relationships with vendors and staff, and brought an incredible attitude and can-do approach,” said the Rogers Family Office’s Property and Family Services Director, Dana Campbell. “She faces difficult situations head-on with poise and professionalism. Amy’s a true badass and I feel so lucky to have been able to work with her and get to know her as a coworker, leader, and friend.”
When circumstances presented the opportunity to bring Amy onto the Foundation team, we jumped at the chance. With strategic communications, convenings, and events being integral components of our final full year of operations, Amy’s superb communications skills along with her long, successful track record in events planning made her a welcomed and valued new member. She quickly showed an adeptness in communications content creation and managing our social media channels, and willingly took on the challenge of learning new tools. “Amy’s been an extraordinary addition to the Comms Team!” declares Kate Ray, Program Associate. “She has a remarkable knack for writing and copy-editing, coupled with a can-do, learn-anything attitude.” Not only did Amy play a contributing part in planning and executing our Oakland Celebration event for grantees and community partners, but her capacity to take on our Community Bulletin e-newsletter and contribute to RFF Shout Out pieces has been a revelation. “Amy’s a talented communications superstar. She comes with creative ideas, the drive to learn new things, and reliable execution,” reflected Director of Strategic Operations & Communications, Bonnie Look. “I’ve enjoyed Amy’s even keel in keeping things moving and afloat with her kind, yet witty, approach.”
We have only scratched the surface of Amy’s immense writing and creative talents. In some ways, she’s Miranda in the final act of Shakespeare’s The Tempest: “…O brave new world, that has such people in’t.” While her diverse career journey offers many future pathways, the fire to support social impact has been lit and burns brightly in Amy. I, for one, look forward to unleashing her emerging strategic communication skills on unsuspecting nonprofit and philanthropic worlds.