Siven Ly
Human Resource Analyst, Social Interest Solutions

Profile
  1. Tell us a little bit about yourself. Where do you work? What do you do for fun? 
    Work: I am an HR Analyst at Social Interest Solutions, a nonprofit dedicated to improving access to quality health and social services through technology and policy solutions.
    Fun: During my free time, I really enjoy spending time with my friends and family as we always share a few good rounds of laughter. I also like trying new foods and restaurants, especially around Sacramento! Being in a city that is farm to fork really enables me to taste incredibly fresh ingredients as creative chefs put their magic into their dishes. But to stay fit with everything I eat, I like to spend my time working out and exploring the nature that surrounds us. 
  2. What motivated you to join United Way’s Young Leaders Society?
    I’ve always been very passionate about giving back and doing anything I can to support my community. Despite working for a nonprofit, I still wanted to be more hands on with those that needed my time, support, and help and being a member of the United Way’s Young Leaders Society empowers me to do just that! When I learned that the Young Leaders Society was going to focus on supporting kids to stay in school and setting high expectations for them, I knew I found my place in the philanthropic world. Education is incredibly important to me and they need us to believe in them and believe they can achieve their greatest dreams! 

  3. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
    You can do it! There’s not much to it, but all too often there are many times and many cases where I didn’t believe in myself as I tried to attain far reaching goals, but someone simply said, “You can do it!” and sometimes, you just need that friendly reminder that you can do it. If you put your mind to it, you can achieve anything and everything. 

  4. What would you say to other young professionals looking to get involved in the community?
    Just do it! There is no greater gratification than giving to those in need, especially in the community surrounding you. Nonetheless, getting involved in the community helps you build your leadership skills, increases your network of young professionals, and creates a well-rounded you! Often times, it’s not your money that our community needs, but your time, commitment, and love. 

  5. If you could change one thing about our community, what would it be and why?
    I’m not sure if I would change anything about our community as it has developed to be innovative in technology, devoted to growth and improvement, and compassionate about its people. In that aspect, I would like to enhance our community awareness, especially in areas of need, such as low income families, homelessness, and education. It is important that we know what is currently happening around us so that we can find ways to effectively help and build our community. 

  6. Favorite Book and TV Show: 
    I’ve read far too many books to have only one as my favorite and I don’t watch many TV shows; however, I’m super excited to see the next season of Game of Thrones!

  7. Little known fact: 
    I love to travel. There are so many places I would like to visit to get to know the culture, the people, and the food. The hardest is part is determining where to go first!