"Working at NIA has only strengthened my passion to support the local nonprofit organizations in my community."
Underwriter Emmanuel B. shares his journey and how a career at Nonprofits Insurance Alliance has enabled him to use his skills to serve the needs of the nonprofit sector.
I am an insurance professional, with nearly 20 years of experience — ranging from Claims to Underwriting.
Where are you from, and where do you live now?
I am originally from Southern California — the Los Angeles area. Now, I’m settled in California’s Central Coast.
Do you have any hobbies, interests or passions that you’d like to talk about?
I am a classically trained pianist, but haven’t played in years. I can also play guitar and bass.
I also enjoy spending time with my family and traveling — recently, I traveled to London and enjoyed taking in a soccer game there.
Emmanuel Meets NIA:
How long have you worked at NIA?
I have worked at NIA going on 10 years.
What did you do before that?
Before coming to work at NIA, I was the office manager for a small nonprofit organization.
How did you come to find NIA?
I was looking to get back into insurance and found at NIA an opportunity use my insurance experience with my nonprofit experience.
How did your job interview go?
I had several interviews with HR, Senior Management, Insurance Operations Management, and the Hiring Committee.
All my interviews went well and everyone was really friendly and made me feel at ease.
Do you feel supported and respected by the people you work with?
My colleagues and managers at NIA have always supported me — both professionally and personally.
Are your ideas heard and acted on? Can you provide a short example/story?
The Insurance Operations Management team at NIA is always open to new ideas to improve productivity while focusing on the well-being of their staff.
Have you taken advantage of any of the continuing education opportunities that NIA offers?
I have taken several courses related to my position within NIA’s Insurance Operations team.
How is working here different from other jobs you’ve had?
The relationships I have with my managers and colleagues are very different — and significantly better — than any other place that I’ve worked.
What is your favorite thing about working at NIA?
The trust my managers have in my work allows me to work independently and to work flexible hours when needed.
Can you tell us about some of your favorite/memorable nonprofits that we work with?
I previously worked with a nonprofit called Community Partners, a fiscal sponsorship organization that helps startup projects get started.
I had an opportunity to meet with the nonprofit and it was great to see our work in action.
How has your work at NIA affected your life and/or community involvement?
Serving my community has always been important to me.
Working at NIA has only strengthened my passion to support the local nonprofit organizations in my community.
Do you have any advice for others thinking about applying to work at NIA?
The opportunity to work at NIA can be rewarding professionally and personally.
The NIA team encourages staff to learn and advocates for staff to progress.
Is there anything else you’d like to talk about personally or about NIA?
I’m so glad to be with NIA. It has opened so many doors for me professionally and I’ve been able to create so many friendships.