Roshin Mathew
Communications Director

At my core I’m a writer, and I’m very curious. No matter what job I’ve had or what sector I’m in, those two things are always true.

I spend a lot of time thinking about how to tell stories well. You can tell a story through people and you can also tell a story through numbers. We care a lot about both of those things here at VPP.

I enjoy work that is about making people’s lives better. Our experience of the world is so much better when everyone has the opportunity to live their best possible life.

I like something the author Jonathan Safran Foer said, “Everyone is always in need of something that another person can give, be it undivided attention, a kind word, or deep empathy. There is no better use of a life than to be attentive to such needs.”

VPP is a special place. We do a unique kind of philanthropy and we stay very nimble. It serves you well here to have a lot of different experiences and points of view.

My parents always gave me support and space to go out and experience new things – an internship in South Africa, volunteering as a wilderness search and rescue responder, or my first job in rural Japan. That wasn’t necessarily common in the small, close knit community where I grew up. They trusted me and believed in my passion. And I’m so grateful they did.

I try to reserve time and space for reflection, I usually find those moments in the arts.

When my husband and I travel, we seek out activities and people that we would experience if we lived in that city. We once went to Paris for the opening of retrospective of Jean-Michel Basquiat. I think we did see the Eiffel Tower, but that wasn’t why we were there.

I tend to dive really deep into things once I become interested. I feel like I’m a good cook, but there’s probably a lot more I could learn. I just signed up for this program for cooking nerds where you learn from professional chefs.

People in the Washington area are so engaged. A lot of people come here to pursue their passions and you feel that energy all around you.

VPP invests in dogged, persistent people. You can tell it by the way they’re wired, that they will move heaven and earth to achieve what they need to for the young people that they serve.