A native to Philadelphia, Haldeman is a fresh face in the QC. It was a physical move and a philosophical shift she and her family were craving. “We were looking for something new,” she shares. “We were too comfortable, and we weren’t feeling challenged, and we felt like it was too early for us to feel like this.”
They started looking for opportunities, expecting to make a move in the next several years; Haldeman’s husband got a job in Charlotte a month later. They moved just last December. She started working for Next Stage in January.
Haldeman’s natural fit with Next Stage is a testament to her professional story – but, more so, just the way she operates personally. “I’ve always been driven by my heart in my work,” she says. “It’s been about improving peoples’ lives and making a change in the world.”
She’s a strong balance of a worldly perspective and local approach. Haldeman spent her first year studying in Nicaragua, Panama, and Costa Rica before transferring to Bryn Mawr College. She graduated magna cum laude in 2015 with a B.A. in Urban Studies; that same year, she completed Harvard Business School’s HBX CORe Extension Program.
What followed was a career in the nonprofit sector. First, she spent six months as a Fellow for Frontline Solutions, working with the Philadelphia office’s efforts to enhance the impact of nonprofit and public sector programs. Then, she worked as a Program Associate for GreenLight Fund – an organization responsible for launching some of the nation’s biggest nonprofit programs to Philadelphia. Over a three-year tenure with GreenLight Fund, she supported the selection and launch of five high-performing national organizations in Philadelphia.