Name: Â Blandon Jamal David
Occupation: Administrative Director, Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL)
Current City:Â Washington, D.C.
On the NMAAHC Ambassadors Program:Â What he most looks forward to when the Museum opens:Â I look forward to being able invite my parents – who were born and raised in the Deep South – to theÂ museumÂ in 2015. *Â How becoming a donor to this National endeavor impacted him:Â It has impacted me by feeling more connected to DC – my home away from home. Giving me the chance to contribute to be a part of something larger than myself. I had concerns that being in my mid-twenties wouldÂ hinder my contribution/efforts; I couldÂ be using funds on otherÂ necessitiesÂ right now. Nonetheless, getting involved at a young age inÂ serviceÂ will hopefully allow me to stay invested in the organization such as the Smithsonian for years to come. HavingÂ philanthropicÂ interests at a youngÂ ageÂ should be in the mind of every young professional. I hope my initial interest will allow anyone – young or old – to find something they are passionate about and getÂ involved.
REFLECTIONS:Â First job:Â Senator Mark Kirk of Illinois – Staff Assistant * Advice he’d give himself 10 years ago:Â â€œThank your mother and fatherâ€¦they did a damn good jobâ€. * Most valuable life lesson learned:Â â€œI will fail or succeed by no manâ€™s doing but my ownâ€. *Â Best lesson learned from a past mistake:Â â€œDonâ€™t do it againâ€.
DIVERSIONS:Â Reading now:Â Lord of the Flies by William Golding *Â Planning to read next:Â The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck *Â Recently discovered:Â Philanthropy.com *Â â€œI keep trying to tell people thatâ€¦â€:Â I will join the Navy Reserves
PLAYING FAVORITES:Â Hotel:Â Boardwalk Plaza Hotel, Rehoboth Beach Delaware *Â Getaway:Â New Orleans *Â Bar to meet friends for drinks:Â Capitol Hill Club * Last Brunch:Â Georgia Brownâ€™s Jazz Brunch
Stay tuned for more profiles in our NMAAHC Ambassador/Black philanthropy series.