Since he was young, it was instilled in Josh Aranda that he could change the world. “My parents taught me that if you approach things with love and compassion, you can make anything happen, and that has always stuck with me,” Josh says. As Chief Information Officer of Mission Matters Group, he is driven by that passion for impact.
Life is not about how much money you can make or what products you can create, but it’s about how you help people.
“We have a finite amount of time in this life, and the most important thing we can do is make this world a little better than when we first got here.”
Josh earned his degree in International Business from St. Louis University. He went on to hold a variety of roles with Worldwide Technology. On the finance side, Josh kept track of the finances for technology implementation projects, and on the engineering side, he implemented solutions for data center technologies.
When Chuck took on his role with St. Patrick’s Center, Josh and his dad started talking about the gap they saw between how to align technology with mission in the nonprofit world. “We started talking about what a firm like this might look like and the scalability of the solution,” Josh recalls. “I’ve always had a heart for the nonprofit space,” he says. Soon after helping his father launch MMG, he stepped into the CIO role full-time.
Josh’s favorite aspect of his role is the opportunities for teamwork. “Playing team sports growing up and in college, my favorite aspect was always the team. I love the challenge of figuring out how we as a collective group can solve challenges and do something greater together than as just one individual,” he says. His role includes collaboration with both the technical and operations teams.
We all have the same goal of impacting nonprofits and the lives of individuals. It just so happens that we use technology as our means to do so.
Josh and his wife Laura have two dogs — Riley and Dakota — and enjoy spending time outdoors. They love rock climbing, running the trails of Oregon and exploring the Pacific Northwest.