Meet the Staff is a monthly feature. This month meet Kris Berggren, content specialist (at right; horizontal). She feels supported by her colleagues every day, not just on Flannel Shirt Day.
How long have you worked at Beacon (or any of its previous incarnations)?
I have been here for more than 3 years – and that means I’ve worked for all of the incarnations of this organization! (PCNF, the name which will not be uttered, and Beacon)
Describe your job - not necessarily your official job description but what you really do every day.
I mostly listen to and tell stories of tenants, shelter guests, staff, donors, volunteers. I tell micro-stories in brief social media formats. I tell longer stories in print and email newsletters. I work with photographers to capture images. I also share stories and ideas with journalists so they can share the need for and impact of our work with much larger audiences.
Why do you like working here?
I love my smart colleagues. I love learning and I’ve been learning about housing development since day one. I love that we bring home to people who have least access to it.
What’s one thing you are most proud of about your work?
It makes me happy to hear from people who are inspired by something they read or saw on our website or in a news article about Beacon.
What kind of job would you have if you weren’t so busy helping to end homelessness?
Ooooohhh. I would be a docent at an art museum, an interior decorator, or a coffee shop barista in a beach town.
What is your favorite book, movie, comedian, play, sport, pastime?
I am loving binge-watching the TV series Parenthood, and I also love Modern Family. Guilty pleasure: Nashville. I actually do read lots of books, too.
What is something that most people don’t know about you?
When I was in college I lived in a public housing high-rise near the campus of Fordham University in The Bronx. Apparently the year I enrolled, there were more students who wanted on-campus housing than available dorm rooms. So some of us got to experience life in Section 8 housing leased by the university. We had a view of the Bronx Zoo – to be specific, the yak pastures. I learned a great deal at Fordham, some of it in the classroom.
Also, I have been known to bribe colleagues with chocolate.