Team

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Founder of BWC: Justin Furtado

Justin Furtado is the founder of The Better World Challenge. He was born and raised in a small town in Fieldbrook, California. One of his first memories of the importance of community came from his small school experience at Fieldbrook Elementary. During his time at Fieldbrook School, he learned the importance of giving back to his community and being a role model. 

 

His high school experience consisted of playing basketball and baseball. Sports taught him valuable life lessons like the importance of team, dedication, and hard-work that fueled his love for working with people. 

 

From there, he ventured to the University of Oregon where he studied Planning, Public, Policy, and Management while getting heavily involved on campus and in the city of Eugene. 

Throughout his four years he:

  • Volunteered, interned, and worked at multiple Boys and Girls Clubs

  • Volunteer Coordinator and Board Member of InspireONE

    • Helped raise $10,000 in a month to continue education for students in Buikwe, Uganda

  • VP of Philanthropy and Community Engagement for Alpha Sigma Phi

    • Received Most Outstanding Community Service Award from Fraternity and Sorority Life Award Ceremony

  • Coached 7th and 8th grade boys basketball for two years

  • Worked at the Holden Center for Leadership and Community Engagement coordinating volunteers to nonprofits in Eugene/Springfield

  • Interned with the Vicente Ferrer Foundation in Barcelona, Spain in their Programs and Grants Department

 

“The reason I’m passionate about community engagement and being environmentally/socially responsible is because of my gratitude. I’m beyond grateful for all the opportunities I’ve been fortunate enough to experience in my life, and I want all people to have access to similar opportunities.” -Justin

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Outreach Coordinator: Maddy Reznick 

Maddy Reznick is the network & outreach coordinator of The Better World Challenge. She was born and raised in Thousand Oaks, California. One of her first memories of the importance of community came from riding horses at Foxfield Riding School. She then took these lessons onto Westlake High School, where she lead the community service based “Interact” Club. 

 

 

In 2016, Maddy attended the University of Oregon where she explored  business, environmental studies, and regional planning. Graduating in 2020, she earned her degree in Planning, Public Policy and Management, with a focus in sustainable transportation policy. 

 

Throughout her four years she:

  • was a member of Gamma Phi Beta sorority 

  • served on a food recovery team 

  • served as the Greeks Go Green Communications Liaison 

  • organized the LiveMove Speaker Series for two years

 

Maddy currently works for the Columbia-Willamette Clean Cities Coalition. 

“In order to move forward, we must see our commonalities as strengths. We all want to live in a better world, in one way or another. My first step is joining the pack in implementing clean and green transportation systems, but to another, it is what they are passionate about. Believing that there are synergies will get us to where we want to be.” 

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