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CON­TIN­UED FROM PAGE “Whether it’s clean­ing the store, meet­ing with clients, rec­on­cil­ing bank state­ments, or pound­ing the pave­ment, I plan to do ev­ery­thing I can for the time be­ing to ful­fill the mis­sion. No LGBTQ young per­son needs to be home­less and with­out op­tions.” When asked about a dream pro­ject for which she’d like to part­ner up with an­other non­profit, Au­drey says she doesn’t want to sin­gle any or­ga­ni­za­tions out. She does, how­ever, have some­thing in mind for Lostn-Found, and that’s “work­ing hand in hand with the hous­ing, HIV, LGBTQ ad­vo­cacy, work­force, ed­u­ca­tion, and other hu­man ser­vices or­ga­ni­za­tions through­out the city, to truly con­nect young peo­ple to the re­sources they know they need.” She strives to make the or­ga­ni­za­tion one that “can be trusted by any­one to do the right thing, and to pro­vide that sup­port in a way which hon­ors the in­cred­i­ble re­silience and strength in young peo­ple — es­pe­cially young peo­ple who are ex­cluded be­cause of their sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion, be­cause of their gen­der iden­tity, or their race, or a de­vel­op­ment ques­tion.” I ask her if she feels the pres­sure yet. “It’s my first ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor role — that should scare me, but I am sur­rounded by a very strong board of di­rec­tors, and have been tremen­dously im­pressed with the staff I’ve met so far,” she re­sponds. “So, pres­sure? Sure. But this mis­sion mat­ters so much ... what bet­ter way could I use my life than to be use­ful to a great or­ga­ni­za­tion?” She ad­mits, though, that she’ll miss her team at Liv­ing Room. “Be­fore work­ing at Liv­ing Room, I worked for the United Methodist Gen­eral Com­mis­sion on Women, the de­nom­i­na­tional agency which sup­ports women’s lead­er­ship ini­tia­tives and mon­i­tors the UMC for eq­uity ques­tions,” she says, af­ter be­ing asked if wom­an­hood steers her fo­cus or in­forms her in any way. “To be hon­est, I’m aware si­mul­ta­ne­ously of my cis­priv­i­lege and the ways in which un­in­ten­tional and im­plicit gen­der bias make lead­er­ship a com­plex is­sue for ev­ery leader. I con­sider my­self ex­tremely lucky to have worked with some in­cred­i­ble peo­ple of all gen­ders, who have helped me ap­proach ques­tions of sex­ism, gen­der, and trans­pho­bia with a gen­tle but firm ap­proach.” At home, she’s do­ing some sur­face-level hous­ing pro­jects, but when she ac­tu­ally gets a chance to re­lax, she loves to take walks while lis­ten­ing to au­dio­books. “It’s a com­pletely re­lax­ing way to zone out.” She also loves cook­ing. “Feed­ing peo­ple is prob­a­bly my most vis­ceral joy in the world.” For the most part, you get the im­pres­sion that re­lax­ation isn’t what she wants to fo­cus on — she’s al­ready hard at work, mak­ing sure to be rid of any dust be­fore it tries to set­tle around her. “I’m a nerd, so I will be work­ing to make Lost-n-Found not only great to clients, but one of the most trans­par­ent, trust­wor­thy, clean-and-tidy-pa­per­work kind of non­prof­its in the city. It’s al­ready a great or­ga­ni­za­tion and we’re go­ing to keep get­ting bet­ter.”

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