A community activist and nonprofit leader with 15+ years of experience, Maybeth oversees all office operations, programs, marketing and fundraising efforts at NEST. She volunteers her time in the community serving on several boards and committees most recently as an inaugural CT Mirror Editorial Board member. In 2021, Maybeth co-founded It’s Time Waterbury - a grassroots community collaborative serving Waterbury residents through civic engagement opportunities and resources.
When did you join NEST?
Why did you decide to join NEST?
I was looking for stable leadership and an organization whose mission and team reflected the community; I found both (and much more) at NEST and haven’t looked back.
What is it about NEST that has kept you engaged with our work/mission?
While there are so many attributes NEST possesses that have kept me engaged, the most recent is using my creative and leadership skills to activate the arts within our revitalization efforts. As I shared once in an op-ed with the CT Mirror, "Whenever you find a community that embraces the arts, you find more communicative and empathetic people. Attributes like these are what drive revitalization and change."
Please share a memory or story from your time at NEST.
One of my fondest memories was celebrating first-time homebuyers the Permauls at their housewarming party. The entire team and board, plus NEST supporters, came out on a cold day to officially cut the ribbon and honor the excited new homeowners. It was then, when I realized the impact NEST has on people’s lives, neighborhoods, and economy.
Looking forward, what are your greatest hopes for the future of NEST?
For NEST to continue building capacity and serve more residents, to dive deeper into creative community development work, and engage in housing advocacy efforts at the state level.
What are 3+ things you like to do in your spare time?
I enjoy visiting art galleries, museums, and public artworks while also creating pieces myself. I dabble in mixed media, painting, and charcoal drawing.
Traveling is a thrill for me and my boys. We jump at any opportunity to board a plane and explore another country or state. Our favorite place to visit is El Yunque (the rainforest) of Boriken (Puerto Rico).
Family time is huge for me. I cherish every moment I have with my boys, husband, parents, sisters and extended family. We get together quite often.