We continue to grow here at TVA and today have the pleasure of introducing you to Norea! Norea is our new Strategic Communications Specialist, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have her on the team.  

Norea was born in a small Indiana town, spent her adolescence in San Diego, and then moved to Seattle to study music and play guitar. After getting her degree in Ethnomusicology, Norea fell into grant writing and non-profit communications. Norea loves to spend time gardening, doing yoga, reading, and spending time with her husband and two children. To learn a bit more about her, we asked her some fun questions. Check out her answers below!  

What interested you about TVA? 

I knew Tamara and had been freelancing but wasn’t sure I was ready to go back to a full-time role. After meeting some of the team, I felt they really understood my talents as a writer and strategic thinker. Now that I’m at TVA, I understand how different things really are here. Everyone is treated as an asset with knowledge and experience different than others. Diversity isn’t “we want to look diverse”, but really something that enriches the company and culture. 

Would you rather lose all of your money or all of your pictures? 

Pictures for sure. I’m not that into documenting my life and kids’ lives. I’ll remember those special moments. I need to eat, and I can’t eat pictures.  

Do you find yourself more productive in the morning or evening? 

Morning. I’m a morning person. Three days a week I get up at 5am and go swimming in lake Washington, then do yoga before I “start” my day.   

Who is the most famous person you’ve met? 

When I was in 7th grade, Mario Lopez was in my drama class. It was a performing arts school, he was a grade above me, but we took a class together.  

What’s a book everyone should read?  

I’d have to say The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin. She is one of my all-time favorite science fiction writers and this was one of the first books I’ve read that made me cry. It was so ahead of its time in terms of gender and the discussions we’re having today around being non-binary and what gender really is.  

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