Welcome to our Meet the ACP Staff blog series! This is our way of introducing the community to the incredible individuals behind the day-to-day operations of the Arts Council of Princeton. Meet Stephanie Nazario, the Arts Council of Princeton’s Financial Administrator.
Hi, Steph! Tell us a little bit about your role at the Arts Council.
I am the Financial Administrator. I am pretty much the accounting department with some HR duties as well. I take care of the day-to-day financial duties as well as help develop and maintain budgets, forecasts and reporting. I know every penny, nickel and dime that comes in or leaves this center.
What is your career background, training, school, etc?
I began as a filing clerk for another local non-profit while going to MCCC for liberal arts and humanities. This non-profit pretty much handed me over the accounting duties as they were short staffed. I hadn’t realized how good I was at this, as I never really liked math in school. In turn, I switched my studies to Business Administration focusing on accounting. Soon I transferred to and graduated from Rider University with a B.A. in Finance and Computer Information Systems. I worked in the corporate world as an auditor for about 5 years and realized that although I loved working with numbers, I felt no real interaction or connection with the companies I audited. I felt like a traveling accountant and I wanted to develop longer term relationships with colleagues. As such, I went back to my roots and started working independently as a Financial Administrator for non-profit corporations. Working with non-profits has made my work more meaningful, knowing that I am contributing to bigger and worthier causes… not to mention getting to work with super smart and caring people.
People may assume finance and working with numbers is boring – what’s the high point of your role at ACP?
I get to work with an amazing group of people and I love the variety and challenges I am faced with. I also like having autonomy and the trust from my peers. Although I do work in the back-end of this organization, I feel like I contribute a big part to our success in terms of properly maintaining our financial matters. I also love the interaction I have with the public, as I am the 1st person they see when they walk into “the office”. I may not be an artist, but I love contributing to the world of art, even if it’s through numbers.
If you did not work at the Arts Council, what do you think would be your alternate career?
Either a school guidance counselor or a financial aid advisor.
What is one thing about you that might surprise people?
My native country is Guatemala. I am a HUGE NFL football fan, specifically the San Francisco 49ers – GO NINERS!!
I can’t live without … my mom’s cooking! Especially her rice and salsa. Oh, also my wonderful husband and 3 awesome kids!
My favorite musician is … This is a tough one as I don’t really have just one. I listen to ALL music genres, depending on what mood I am in. I love old school R&B jams, Hip Hop, Pop, Freestyle, Disco, Salsa, Merengue, Bachata… I also love praise and worship music, especially Gospel Music. My guilty pleasure is the Bee Gees.
The one food I’d bring on a desert island is … Hello!… My mom’s salsa! You can put that on ANYTHING and it will be the best food you’ve ever had… I put it on pizza and things you would never think of putting salsa on – lol!
My colleagues are … superstars!!! Wonderful (and sometimes crazy), and that’s what I love about them.
Art is … not only what you see, but what you feel! No one can tell you otherwise.