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Board Member's Spotlight: Manisha Shrestha

Manisha Shrestha is a member of the Board of Directors for Compass Rose International. She was born in Nepal and raised in Colorado. She came to the States with her family at the age of 3. Her parents taught her the value of working hard and giving back. She is a Solution Manager, supporting USDA in various technical (IT) projects.

She has over 18 years of experience working with international organizations and creating sustainable projects in improvised communities. As a Returned U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer from the Philippines, she has extensive experience in fundraising and building key strategic partnerships to drive change.

She is passionate about working and providing her healthcare, education, and sustainability expertise.

What do people often thank you for?

People thank me for always being available and willing to help where I can!

What do you see as your place or purpose in life? How did you come to that conclusion?

I’m still trying to understand my purpose in life. I do know that I enjoy learning and sharing my knowledge for the betterment of our community.

What's your favorite aspect about being on the Board of Directors and volunteering? and what are your current duties?

I feel proud to provide my support and guidance as a board member. I support the Nepal team, whether they need management guidance or support. I offer regular leadership mentorship to Harric Tamang, the house manager at the Nepal girl’s center. I also help in furthering the success of the annual gala!  

If Compass Rose International were to be on the cover of your favorite magazine in five years, what would the story be about?

Live, learn and give back.

What do you feel have been the important successes in your life? The frustrations?

Life is a journey; it’s how difficult and exciting you want to make it. What I have learned is that change is inevitable. And, it’s truly how we as individuals, pivot to make the experiences only better. I’ve had many successes in life, the ones I remember are because I have positively impacted the people around me or the ones I have interacted on that success.

What would be your advice to younger generations about learning causes, getting involved, and doing something about it?

It’s easy to take things for granted. Giving back and being involved in the community is the best way for the younger generations to bring change and learn to become a better person.

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