Finance Associate

National Team 571-251-1824 chris.ameto@50can.org

I’m originally from Lome, Togo. I came to the U.S. with my father and sister when I was four years old. I’ve spent most of my life in Northern Virginia, especially in the Falls Church area. I received my Finance Degree George Mason University in December 2016. 50CAN is the first non-profit organization I’ve been a part of, after working in the real estate and Workers Comp Insurance industries. I enjoy being able to do work that has a positive impact on society.

I aspire to be like Martin Luther King Jr. Here’s why:

MLK fought for what he believed in. He didn’t let fear or the opinion of others stop his mission. He also had a good balance of kindness and assertiveness. His spirits remained high even when he faced adversity. He has a lot of traits that I value.

Why I love my job:

I love my job because I can make a difference. It feels good knowing that the work I’m doing in the Finance Department is helping other team members make decisions that will support 50can’s mission.

My connection to public schools:

I went to public school all of my life. The older I got, the more I realized how important education is in shaping our futures. I was fortunate enough to grow up in a privileged area with quality education. I believe everyone should have that opportunity, regardless of where they live.

What I’m bad at:

I’m bad at public speaking. Sometimes I get nervous when I have to make presentations. I think the more I expose myself to public speaking, the better I’ll get. For now, it’s a work in progress.

This image represents why I work at 50CAN: 

Children are the future. It’s a cliché but it’s true. Being able to help more children get a quality education is important because they’ll grow up to be important decision makers in our society. I’d like to know that the future is in good hands.