A Proper Introduction

Hey there! If we haven’t met yet, then I am sure we will soon! My name is Kelan Fong, and I am a recent addition to the Indiana Association for Community Economic Development (IACED) and the Indiana Assets & Opportunity Network (Indiana A&O Network) family as part of my yearlong service through the AmeriCorps VISTA program. At the Indiana A&O Network, I hope to develop a much more personal connection with every partner, new and old alike. In doing so, I will hopefully further progress the Indiana A&O Network itself into a more thriving, social, and educational community in order to more efficiently  achieve our mutual goal of eliminating poverty through the process of asset-building. I will also be heavily involved with many of the asset-building trainings designed for social service providers and legal aid staff around the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Your Money, Your Goals financial empowerment toolkit.

Personally, I am a recent graduate from Butler University with a B.A. in Political Science and International Relations and have a passion for travelling. Recently I experienced a summer abroad in Guangzhou, China, and completed a summer internship working for a green NGO in Hong Kong, China. Domestically, I joined a number of longtime friends in bicycling around Lake Michigan earlier this month and currently have plans to visit Milwaukee and Denver this upcoming July. In addition, I enjoy reading during my spare time, especially when it’s with a novel from my favorite author and Indiana’s own, Kurt Vonnegut.

I am excited to continue learning about nonprofits through IACED and the Indiana A&O Network, which will hopefully provide me with the technical background and knowledge necessary to begin a fulfilling postgraduate career. Please visit http://www.indianaopportunity.net/governing-committee/ to learn more about my personal biography and the biography of other Indiana A&O Network Governing Committee members. Further, please feel free to contact me at kfong@iaced.org anytime if you have any questions regarding our Indiana A&O Network, IACED, AmeriCorps, travel, books, or life in general!