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Thando began working at St. Olaf in 2017, after five years of heavy involvement in the Twin Cities social impact and nonprofit sectors. A class of 2013 graduate, and former Piper Center Peer Advisor, Thando is passionate about helping students make connections between their liberal arts education and the diverse social impact careers of the future. She believes that career coaching is vital work that demystifies and makes accessible the process of attaining one’s career and vocational goals.

Prior to joining the Piper Center, Thando worked in a variety of social impact and nonprofit roles. From coaching low-income, first-generation college students as an AmeriCorps member to managing an institutional giving program at a national nonprofit to acting as a lead graphic designer for a local city council race, Thando has spent the last five years exploring varied approaches to making a difference in the community. During her time at St. Olaf, Thando was a member of the Student Government Association, sang in Manitou and Cantorei choirs, co-founded a student organization, worked as a teaching assistant in the Sociology/Anthropology department, and had multiple internships including participation in the Social Entrepreneurship Scholars program.

Thando graduated with honors and distinction in the degrees of English and Sociology/Anthropology. She now lives in Minneapolis where she enjoys trying new restaurants, biking, visiting the lakes, and experiencing all the vibrancy and culture the city has to offer.