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5 Questions with... Kate Belza!

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We are excited to welcome Kate as our new Program Associate in the Atlanta, GA office! Learn more about Kate here.

1. Tell us what excites you most about your new position with the Foundation. As a BBYO, Hillel, Challah for Hunger and JDC Entwine alum, I have learned firsthand the broad 

scope of the Foundation’s network. I am so excited to be joining a team whose work has influenced my life and who’s truly important mission will continue to motivate me each and every day. 

2. What key lesson from your past experience do you plan to apply in your new role? I have always been an inquisitive person but in particular, as a JDC Global Service Corps Fellow in Buenos Aires, Argentina, I learned the importance of listening and asking questions. This was the key to becoming fully immersed in the Buenos Aires community: I would ask questions to learn what was going on, to learn where someone was coming from and where they wanted to go and to recognize where opportunities existed to help, collaborate or give advice. In my new role, I’m really looking forward to listening, asking questions and utilizing these conversations to create connections and opportunities.

3. What is the best piece of professional advice you have ever received? The best piece of professional advice I’ve received is that every individual you meet can teach you something, offer you something and that you have something to offer to them. I’ve brought this reciprocity relationship idea into creating and maintaining all relationships in my life and look forward to continue connecting with others in a mutually enhancing approach.

4. What hobbies do you enjoy outside of work? I love traveling and am always planning my next adventure. I enjoy exploring a variety of cuisines and am very excited to explore Atlanta’s food scene. I also seek and try new health fads whether it’s Pure Barre, drinking green smoothies or doing aerial yoga.

5. What is Buenos Aires' best kept culinary secret? The typical Buenos Aires culinary scene is all about the “vaca”, the cow: the savory beef, sweet dulce de leche and rich cheeses. While these are scrumptious, my favorite Buenos Aires culinary secret is the delicious food found in the Japanese-Peruvian fusion restaurant scene. My favorite restaurants around the city include Osaka, Sipan and La Rosa Nautica.