Meet Aungli

Jan 12, 2021

Tell us a little bit about your background before joining The Key team.

I was born and raised in the Bay Area, and graduated from San Jose State University with a degree in PR, and minors in Human Rights and Women’s Studies. During my time there, I did a summer study abroad program exploring the refugee crisis in Greece and Germany, followed by a backpacking trip across Europe.

After graduation I interned with the Oakland Housing Authority and microfinance nonprofit Kiva before starting my first PR gig. Most recently before joining The Key, I worked for a firm helping to build the communications capacity of some amazing organizations doing great movement building work.

Describe your work style in five words.

Thoughtful, collaborative, accountable, kind, adaptive.

What are your favorite kinds of projects to tackle?

Projects where I can do a bit of both analytic and creative thinking. I love doing research and learning all I can, then taking this knowledge and relating it to something bigger.

What’s your proudest moment at work (here or elsewhere)?

One of my proudest moments is when I led my team in finding a solution for a client who became extremely unhappy with the quality of a deliverable that was shared daily with their leadership team and board. I worked closely with the client to manage expectations and helped my team address the client’s concerns and stay accountable for upholding a high standard of work. It was a long and challenging process, but I was so proud to have helped solve a major problem for one of our firm’s largest clients.

What makes you the most excited to be at The Key?

I’ve heard amazing things about The Key’s leadership, culture, and values, and I’m so happy I get to experience it firsthand. I’m grateful for the opportunity to learn and work alongside so many truly compassionate, dedicated, and intelligent people.

Lightning Round:

Favorite snack while you work? I like chewing on tea tree sticks when I’m stressed. Otherwise, frosted animal crackers and an iced Americano.

Badass female role model? I admire the resilience, grace, and perspectives of many women. Often in my thoughts lately are the women of Punjab (and greater India) serving as the backbone of the current farmer’s protest.

Power song? Always changing, but currently “Brown Munde” by AP Dhillon/Gurinder Gill.

If you could have a superpower, what would it be? Time travel! I love learning about history and it’d be so cool to experience it firsthand.

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