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Meet Alek Tan of Project by Project in Downtown LA

Today we’d like to introduce you to Alek Tan.

Alek, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I have always been active in student organizations up until college graduation. After I entered the workforce, I realized clocking out and going home for Netflix was not for me. I knew I wanted to do something similar to what I have been doing. A friend of mine recommended that I check out a nonprofit, Project by Project (PbP).

PbP is a 100% volunteer-based leadership development organization aiming to build the next-generation of philanthropist. Looking back since the time I joined, I have come a long way from being a Regional Sales Manager to the current role of National Treasurer.

I’ve met many friends whom I still hang out with and enjoyed amazing experiences and projects with the partners and there is not another place like this.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Given the nature of the nonprofit business, many procedures and process (to me at least with my background) were dated. I rolled up my sleeve and started the discovery phase to understand the current landscape and identify what the audience needs. The biggest pain point was to have timely financial reports to make quicker decisions.

There were many organizational growing pains and social issues when delivering value-add to PbP partners. The way PbP executes with the teams across the nation is what makes us strong and unified. This is what makes PbP an amazing place to be part of.

Please tell us about Project by Project.
Project by Project (PbP) has an innovative platform for hands-on and skills-based volunteering, fostering API civic engagement and leveraging our human capital to serve the community across the nation in Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco.

I am the National Treasurer for the last two years sitting on the national steering committee. This role heads financial initiatives and manages the organization’s wealth by overseeing investments, financial statements, and advises the Board on fundraising projects. In order to get this traction, I work with local chapters and the bookkeeper to ensure proper management of funds.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
There are so many things I could have done differently if I could foresee the future at the time. For example, given now I am the CEO of my own Blockchain company, the first thing came to mind when I saw this question was to buy as many Bitcoins and Etherums as I could when they were first introduced. Jokes aside, whether the choices made at the time were optimal or not, these decisions shaped me to be how I am right now, and I am proud to say I am happy where I am.

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