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Meet the Board: Koa Kekuna

Meet Koa Kekuna, a third-year member of our board and Communications Committee Vice Chair, and hear about his love for recreational volleyball, Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and the Spruce Foundation.

What’s your favorite part about living in or near Philly?

A few years ago, I started playing recreational volleyball again after a nearly decade hiatus since I stopped in high school. Now I play at least two to three times a week all over the city. It’s been a fantastic way to put myself out there and get to know people I’d normally never interact with. Players range from all walks of life – it’s extremely diverse in terms of race, age, and socio-economic backgrounds. I can’t think of a place that’s more representative of Philly. We all love Philly and supporting each other in the game.

Where are your favorite places in Philly to take friends from out of town?

I live in Point Breeze and Porcos Porchetteria has the most delicious pork sandwiches around. It’s also like a 5 minute walk from my place, so super easy to grab and go. My other favorite hangout spot is Bing Bing Dim Sum in Passyunk. They have an incredible happy hour menu which includes these to-die-for $5 cheesesteak baos.

What’s your favorite film or TV show that features Philly?

I unapologetically love Always Sunny. “The Nightman Cometh” will forever be one of my favorite episodes of TV. If you’re also a fan, I highly recommend listening to the Always Sunny podcast where they review this episode. Lin-Manuel Miranda guest stars and it’s fascinating to hear his technical analysis of this “joke” musical.

How long have you been involved with the Spruce Foundation? Why did you decide to get involved?

This is my third year on the board. I was scouted by a former president for my technical skills, but she also thought I’d be a good fit. I decided to join since I really identify with Spruce’s mission and truly believe in the good this organization can achieve. I also had no prior experience with philanthropy, and I thought it’d be a great opportunity to learn about the inner workings of the nonprofit space.

What is your advice to others looking to get involved in Spruce?

Do it! Jump in and get involved. You can start small as a grant reviewer or Spruce Council member. These positions aren’t as much of a commitment as being a full-fledged board member, and you can always apply for the board later.

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