My name is Samuel Garcia and this Fall I'll be a senior with a major in Corporate Communications and certification through the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance. I'm also the President of the Nonprofit Leadership Student Association and the Association of Fundraising Professionals at the University of Houston! My passion in life is the performing arts and one day I hope to be the successful executive director of a world-class symphony! This summer, I've had the honor to work under the development department at Theatre Under The Stars, Houston's premiere musical theatre nonprofit located in downtown. During my time here, I have been adopted by the team in a way that lets me become acquainted with each role and gain understanding and perspective on why fundraising is so integral to nonprofit management. Under the guidance of Amy Lampi, Director of Development, I have developed an acumen for innovative fundraising practices and have gained a heightened appreciation for diversity and equity. I'm so excited to see the results of my project come to fruition as we celebrate our 50th Anniversary Season this fall! Peep me at the Hobby Center for Oklahoma! in October."