Working in the Non-Profit World with Grace Norman of Texas Hunger Initiative – AgGrad Live 012

Grace Norman is the Government Relations Manager for Texas Hunger Initiative (THI) of Baylor University where she helps teach and help communities think and act strategically when addressing local hunger concerns. Grace previously worked as THI’s Regional Director and Child Hunger Outreach Specialist at the office in Lubbock. She graduated from Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Leadership and Development and from the Bush School of Government & Public Service with a master’s degree in Public Service Administration.


Grace joins me today to share what it’s like to hold a management position in a nonprofit organization. She also shares how she landed her job in the nonprofit sector, the truth about the food insecurity issue, and shares advice for those who are considering a career working for nonprofit organizations.


“As long as you approach your professional life with a learning mentality and posture of humility then you’ll go pretty far.” – Grace Norman


Today on AgGrad Live:


  • How she discovered the nonprofit space she wants to be involved in
  • Things that helped her find her interest
  • The aspects she considers when studying the presidential budget
  • Where this study and analysis leads her and her team
  • Why she wants to equip the staff in the field
  • How the Snapshots of Hunger Project changed her perspective about the value of what she does
  • How she got attracted to nonprofit work


Grace Norman’s Advice for AgGrads:


  1. Keep at it — even if it takes longer than you think it’s going to take, keep at it.
  2. Go where you want to work and search there.
  3. Use tools such as the Idealist and specific websites where industry people are involved.
  4. Find your space and the thing that you’re interested in.
  5. Use your networking skills.


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Tim Hammerich

Tim is a strategic communications consultant, founder of AgGrad, and the host of the "Future of Agriculture" podcast. Originally from California, he is now based out of Boise, Idaho.