Rhiannon is very inspired by the idea of the polymath or multipotentialite; that an intellectually curious and hardworking person does not have to limit themselves to being an expert in just one thing or just one field. Her heroes include people like Umberto Eco and Stephen Fry, who live/d fully in many directions.
What brought Rhiannon to Meyer? Her personality, skills, passion for learning, commitment to working for an organization and with people she respects, her strengths (Intellection, Input, Strategic, Learner, Ideation) and Myers-Briggs type (ENFJ), and her experience as a queer person of mixed descent.
One piece of advice that has stuck with her from a professor in college: “never rest on your laurels.” She tries to remember that as she goes about her life.
Rhiannon has a non-traditional or ‘postmodern’ career path: she is a published poet and historian and has worked in healthcare, nonprofit communications and as a freelance editor. She has built websites for philanthropic organizations and publishes a digital literary journal in her spare time. In her previous position at Grantmakers of Oregon and Southwest Washington she got to know Meyer’s work and people, as they shared office space for two years.
She has also done quite a bit of volunteer work, most recently organizing events for Yo Ghana!, and as a volunteer grant evaluator with Pride Foundation. She is a pro bono marketing consultant to a number of small businesses in the maker movement.
Rhiannon joined the team at Meyer in January 2018.