Board Member Spotlight!: Scott Macdonald

There’s a chance you already know many of us here at Project Lead Kindly if you’ve attended a previous event or supported one of our service projects. We thought it would be fun to do a Q&A for our board members so that you can get to know us a little better!

To kick off our board member features, we wanted to focus on our co-founder, Scott Macdonald!

Scott is the Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of Project Lead Kindly. He grew up in southern California and is a husband and father. He currently works for the County of Los Angeles. Scott is a graduate of California State University, Northridge's Honors English Program, and received his Juris Doctor from Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles. He is a licensed attorney and member of the California Bar. 

Why did you choose to join Project Lead Kindly and serve as a board member? 
As cliché as it may sound to others, I truly do want to make a contribution where I can in helping people that are in a particularly vulnerable, or painful place in their lives. I would want someone to do that for me. PLK is ultimately set up to do just that: assist, strengthen, lift and inspire those who are in a vulnerable or painful place in their lives.

How do you lead kindly in your everyday life?
 I try to lead kindly in my everyday life by lifting people up. Usually I try to do that by making them laugh (sometimes that works, sometimes it doesn't). I also try to help people see the upside when they're in a situation that is currently causing them worry or grief.

Who is your kindness role model? 
With no apologies, my kindness role model is Jesus Christ. He constantly showed kindness, respect and love to the most discarded people of His day (lepers, the sick, tax collectors, children, women in general). Everyone was worthy of kindness in His eyes.

What other passions do you have? 
I have a passion for my family, I love to spend time with them and I love to play with my children. I love to read (history, politics, fiction, religion, comic books). I have a passion for problem solving; if there's a problem, I like to see a solution come together and for the solution to be implemented.

What do you do as the Co-Executive Director?
As an Executive Director, I handle the legal and formal side of things, and I also cover outreach at children's hospitals. I also assist with overall decision making and strategies.

If you could leave one mark on the world, what would it be?
If I could leave one mark on the world it would be that I made a genuine effort to inspire others to do something for someone else. Whenever I am focused only on myself, I'm not a very happy person; but when I find myself doing something (large or small, doesn't matter) for someone else, I usually find that I am at my happiest.

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