Alumni Relations

Pone Vongphachanh

Pone Vongphachanh

B.S. Public Affairs '06, MPM '08

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Pone Vongphachanh is public affairs officer at Upstate Alliance of Realtors. She has been involved with the Fort Wayne Legacy Champion Team, Greater Fort Wayne, Housing and Neighborhood Services Board, Huntington Comprehensive Plan Committee, Leadership Fort Wayne, New Allen Alliance, Northeast Indiana Passenger Rail Association, Regional Chamber of Northeast Indiana, Turnstone Center, and Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana. Pone was also a 40 Under 40 recipient in 2012.




Q. How did you become interested in your field?

I have always been intrigued with politics. My parents could not voice their opinion in the political environment we came from and now we are able too. I started in accounting but my mom knew I was not happy with that choice. She convinced me to change my path and pursue something I was passionate about.

 

Q. Who were your favorite mentors at IPFW?

There are so many great mentors I can choose from but John Stafford would be at the top of my list. I had the opportunity to learn from him as an undergraduate student, a graduate student and as an intern.  He has always been a great supporter, always there to listen, and continues to be there when I have questions.

Q. What is the best career advice you were given?

I don't know if it is career or just personal advice, but my mom always said to me "remember the past, don't forget where you came from, look forward to where you are headed, and check on your goals each day." 

 

 

Q. What surprised you most about IPFW?

I was surprised by the number of activities that occurred on campus. Students had the opportunity to get involved in a variety of events, sports and clubs.  I was not involved in many activities as a student but I got more involved after graduation.  I was on the Alumni Board of Directors, on the committee to study division 1 athletics, the 50 Year Celebration Committee, Riverfest Committee, and the Public Policy Advisory Board.

 

  

Q. Where would you like to be in 10 years?

I love what I do now because it is a nice balance between politics and community development. I am not sure where I will be ten years from now but I know I will be involved with an organization that is serving our community by helping to create a vibrant and exciting place to be. Ten years down the line, maybe I will be a part of a state-wide collaborative effort furthering state initiatives.