Jaron Newton began his operations career as a contractor for the Department of Defense where he supported various military branches with warehousing and logistics planning. He then took his logistics expertise to FIRST Robotics, where he served as an AmeriCorps VISTA member helping to create and support STEM programs in poorly funded schools. Jaron was then able to combines operational background and passion for mission driven work at Cradles to Crayons, a national nonprofit focused on providing basic needs items to children. , where he was focused on logistics and volunteer engagement. After spending 3 years in Cradles to Crayons’ Boston office, Jaron was selected in 2015 to transfer to support the launch of Cradles to Crayons’ third market –Chicago. . While launching the Chicago operations, Jaron remained focused on creating a layout and design that was efficient and scalable for future growth. . As the Senior Operations Manager, Jaron continues to lead the Chicago Operations Team, overseeing the “Giving Factory” warehouse, the volunteer programs, and distribution of KidPacks.