Humans of AFP - Greater Austin Chapter 

Humans of New York highlights individuals with stripped back interviews showcasing the genuine stories that make us human. With this new initiative, our goal is to give members of AFPGAC a space to share their stories so that they may connect with others.


January 2023 - Jené Shepherd 

2023 marks a decade of my work in the nonprofit fundraising and communications field. When I look back on my career, there is one person who has truly made a difference for me and that is Holly Wissmann.

For the last seven years, Holly has been my supervisor, coworker, mentor, close friend, confidant, therapist, financial advisor and more. She has taught me almost everything that I know about what it means to be a talented, mission-driven fundraiser and a strategic and empathetic leader. Her love, support, and “Holly hugs” have gotten me through some my hardest days as a professional and as a human.

Holly has pushed me out of my comfort zone and encouraged me to take on volunteer leadership roles at AFP, serving on the Philanthropy Day Committee in 2017, the Strategic Planning Committee in 2021, and on the board in 2022, and now as the Chair for the 2023 One Day Conference. I can confidently say that my work within AFP 100% would not have happened if it wasn’t for her.

Thank you Holly for pouring into me while also allowing me to pour into you!

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