Why I Work at JDRF!

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My name is Krista Thomson and I am a Development Manager at the JDRF Pacific Northwest Chapter & Seattle Guild. Every day, I look forward to getting up and making a difference in the type 1 diabetes (T1D) community. People with T1D (like me!) are dependent on injected or pumped insulin to live. T1D is an autoimmune disease in which insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas are mistakenly destroyed by the body’s immune system.

Following my T1D diagnosis in 2006, my family and I jumped straight into learning more about this community. We created a Walk team for the Nordstrom Beat the Bridge to raise funds for T1D research, listened to research updates, and at age 14, I attended JDRF’s Children’s Congress. At Children’s Congress, I had the opportunity to advocate for critical government funding for T1D research, while meeting 150 other kids living with T1D.

My time volunteering led me to explore professional opportunities with JDRF following my graduation from college. Starting as a Development Coordinator and working my way up to Development Manager, I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to plan and run successful fundraising campaigns like the iconic Nordstrom Beat the Bridge, share my story, work with amazing volunteers and be a member of a fun, supportive and highly successful team united in our efforts to Create a World Without T1D!

Great news! You now have an opportunity to join our JDRF Pacific Northwest Chapter and Seattle Guild Team! We have an exciting opportunity for a Development Manager working on the Nordstrom Beat the Bridge. In this position, you will be working with our passionate families to fund the research that will lead to a cure for T1D! Ready to work somewhere where you make a measurable impact in the Pacific Northwest community and around the world? Want to be a part of the team that cures T1D? Check out the job posting here and join our dynamic team TODAY!