Evan Reeves has spent his career in the nonprofit sector, working hard to keep mission-focused organizations running day-to-day and growing into the future. As iBiology continues to expand its vision with new projects, ideas, partnerships, Evan plays a critical role in making that vision a reality. Outside of the office (and under normal circumstances), he can be found taking in live performances at music venues all over the Bay Area.
What’s your background?
I grew up the middle of three boys outside Boston, MA and graduated from Oberlin College in 1999 with a double major in biology and environmental studies. From 2001 to 2016 I served as office manager and later policy director at the Center for Creative Land Recycling, a national nonprofit focused on community revitalization through the remediation and redevelopment of environmentally impacted properties. Not only did I hone my administrative skills there, but my time as policy director gave me a profound appreciation for the importance of effective science communication, especially when it comes to complicated and nuanced subjects such as community health.
What do you do at iBiology?
As Operations Manager, I oversee all financial management, grant administration, contractor relations, and human resources duties. When I was hired as iBiology’s first OM in May of 2018, I was iBiology’s fourth full-time employee. We have since expanded to 13 employees and dozens of contractors and nearly tripled our annual budget. A typical workday for me is usually some combination of negotiating/drafting contracts, processing bill payments and incoming checks, preparing reports and invoices for our various grants, and various HR duties.
What I like most about working at iBiology is that I get to work with a bunch of super passionate, committed, caring people and that I’m supporting a really important mission. I also like that the steady expansion of iBiology’s operations has given me the opportunity to concurrently expand my own nonprofit management skills. For example, we recently successfully completed our first federal program audit and this year we begin planning development of our first strategic plan.
What are you passionate about?
My true passion is live music so needless to say, this pandemic has been a significant adjustment for me, but I’m grateful for the opportunity to spend more time with my family, I’m grateful to have a job that can easily adjust to remote working, and I’m grateful that that work is in support of a mission that couldn’t be more relevant than now.