Pyramigo Profile: Leanne Todd
An Interview with our Finance Coordinator
Posted: Oct 19, 2017
Every day we’re excited to come into the office. Not many people can say that. But we can, because we know the work we’re doing matters. We believe we can change the world. Each of us has a different story to tell, a different story about why doing good in the world matters to us. We thought we’d share it with you. Get to know the Pyramigos!
Leanne is Pyramid’s Finance Coordinator. She brings efficiency, organizational professionalism, and a dynamic sense of humor to keep the ball rolling in Pyramid’s operations.
First off, who are you and what do you do at Pyramid?
I'm Leanne and I work as the Finance Coordinator for Pyramid. I'm here three days a week and then I spend the rest of my life as a massage therapist. It's awesome.
At Pyramid, I do a lot of the day-to-day finance work and support our Finance Director, Mae, in as many capacities as possible. I handle accounts payable and accounts receivable, as well as client billing and payroll. I’m a native Seattleite, but I just relocated to Portland to be closer to family. I was lucky that Pyramid was supportive of my move and that I’ve made a home in the Portland office, because I love working here.
That’s great! What brought you to finance and how did you end up at Pyramid?
I have worked in finance, administration, and operations management for about 15 years. Prior to Pyramid, I worked predominantly in nonprofits, art organizations, and agencies. Pyramid has been my family for quite a few years. I actually took a brief break from my time at Pyramid to go through massage schools, but even then, I was providing some part-time admin and support for Pyramid like filling in at the front desk. I’m excited to be a part of this team.
What would you say you're known for professionally?
Definitely my sense of humor, my organization, and my efficiency. One of the reasons I think Mae enjoys having me here is that I get the job done and I get the job done in a timely manner. Maybe that drives the project managers crazy sometimes, but they love me for it later when payroll is paid and the lights are still on. Who doesn't like a paycheck?
I know I love a paycheck! What most excites you about the work you're doing?
The work this organization does is in line with how I want to see my world. Even when I'm having a bad day, I'll look at our client work and it makes me so excited. Often times admin roles get downplayed, but I get to facilitate and help make the great work we do at Pyramid happen. One thing that Pyramid has always afforded me is the ability to collaborate with my peers and do great work. Look at our client list. It's pretty epic. I'm a big believer in work hard, play hard, and we definitely do that here.
Which nonprofits did you work at before Pyramid? What type of work did you do there?
I was mostly in financial and operational support roles. I worked for Artist Trust, the Unitarian Universalist Association, and in a volunteer capacity for the Seattle Men’s and Women’s Choruses, as well as serving on the board for many years. I have held various volunteer roles with Burning Man, a large arts nonprofit based out of San Francisco, and currently sit on their Regional Events Committee, working with events around the world. When I was first working at Pyramid, Mae was teasing me because my resume showed me on about 6 different nonprofit boards at the time. Mae asked, “Do you have time to take this job?" My response: "I need a paycheck" [laughs].
Wow, you’re busy! Do you volunteer anywhere else right now?
My time has been pretty focused on my recent move to Portland and my massage practice. I recently joined the Portland Lesbian Choir, as singing is something I’m passionate about, and have been building my connections in the Portland communities. Although it limits my “extra time,” I love having my own business and I knew that was what I wanted to do when I went into school.
What else are you passionate about?
I sing, practice yoga, and love being outside—camping, hiking, and doing other outdoorsy stuff. I spend time with my friends and family. I'm an auntie and I love my nieces and nephews so much. Family is important to me.
I also really enjoy traveling. Be it heading to the desert for Burning Man or spending 16 days traveling through Scotland and Northern Ireland, I love going to a place and having the locals show me all the cool activities to do—not necessarily the touristy stuff. My preferred way to travel is off-the-beaten-path.
What is it that you love so much about massage?
I am fascinated by how many ways the body can totally screw you over and yet you can still be upright and moving. A lot of people think massage is fluff and buff, but there’s also a science to it. I'm more known for injury treatment work. I had a client who had an injury in her left shoulder and could barely put her hand behind her back, but after working with her, she can. That's why I do this. Being able to give people back a piece of their life that they didn't even realize was missing—that's pretty powerful. And I love the muscles. I love how everything is connected and how tiny adjustments can change your world.
Is there anything else that you want people to know about you?
I believe that we all need to find our joy in life, whatever that is. That can be having a family and raising kids, or drawing, or whatever. Finding your joy is really important to me. That's one of the reasons I volunteer so much—that's my joy. So, find your joy and make sure you take care of yourself along the way, whatever that looks like.