What I Am with Rod Holmes, Mississippi State Volunteer Coordinator

Posted on April 21, 2015

Link: ELGL Spreads Across the Country

“Cross between The Atlantic magazine and Buzzfeed” 

Welcome to our new member feature. We’ve all heard the excuse “I’m too busy” so we’ve simplified our feature to illicit short, meaningful responses for our new members. As a side note, ELGL is adamantly opposed to the excuse, “I’m too busy.”


Rod Holmes (LinkedIn) is an Air Force veteran and a graduate of Mississippi State University with a Bachelors of Arts in Communication with a concentration in broadcast journalism. He serves as a Volunteer Coordinator for the Maroon Volunteer Center and the Office of Student Leadership and Community Engagement. Rod is also the coordinator for the Food Security Network, connecting students, faculty, and staff with available food resources.

What I Am Reading: 

Textbooks, journal articles, research statistics, and scribbled notes!

What I Am Watching: 


This computer screen…in hopes that the urge to check out the latest social media posts doesn’t consume the control of my fingers!

What I Want From ELGL: 

Quality networking, insight regarding my interest going forward with Public Policy and Administration, and job ideas within the nonprofit and higher education component

What I Wish Local Government Did Better:  

More citizen involvement within rural areas

What I Am Afraid Of: 

Unemployment after graduate school

What I Wish I Was Doing (Instead of Completing This Questionnaire): 

On the beach with no phone reception

What I Consider As My Career Accomplishments: 

Graduating college, taking advantage of second chances through education and community leadership, and overcoming the threats of situational poverty and homelessness

What I Am Listening To:


What I Wish People Knew About Me:

That I’m more educated than I look; HAHA

What I Wish Would Go Away: 

Discrimination, Racism, Poverty…and a laundry list of other things

What I Think of Professional Associations:

They’re useful…when used effectively

What I Wished You Asked Me: 

What does it take to become a leader within different sectors of government and nonprofits?

Supplemental Reading

Rebecca Olson, City of Shoreview, MN

Roger Gonzalez, University of Texas MPA

Rachel Nolin, City of Monterey, CA

Sareen Papakhian, Hazel Park, MI, Director of Parks

Robbie Lippard, George Washington University MPA Student

Casie Yoder, City of Decatur, GA

Thom Venegoni, City of San Francisco, CA

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