What was your first job?
My first job was serving as a Membership and Events Manager for the Association for a Better New York (ABNY). ABNY is a 50-year-old civic nonprofit dedicated to making New York City better for those who live, work, and play here. I helped organize much of ABNY’s programming, from their famous “power breakfasts” for speakers like Governor Andrew Cuomo and then-Senator Joe Biden, to their young professionals networking events for early-stage career professionals. I also helped maintain and expand ABNY’s membership base to include companies like Google, Delta Airlines, The Doe Fund, and more. From there, I grew into different roles in the organization before I went back to grad school.
How did your previous roles lead you to NYCEDC?
It was at ABNY that I began learning how NYC government really operated. Additionally, ABNY was often tapped to offer support for really exciting development projects happening across the city—projects like the Cornell Tech campus on Roosevelt Island, and the redevelopment of Pier 17 at the South Street Seaport. I became really interested in being on the other side of those projects, and becoming directly involved in moving them forward, not just advocating for them on the sidelines. So I applied to urban planning graduate programs, gained additional planning and development experience at various consulting firms and other city agencies, and then landed a job in Asset Management here at NYCEDC!
How has working for NYCEDC changed your perspective on NYC?
Working for NYCEDC confirmed what I learned in earlier stages of my career—that the people living in different parts of the city across all five boroughs care deeply about their spaces, and that economic development must be approached collaboratively every step of the way in order to respect and help realize community members’ visions for their neighborhoods.
What would you be doing if you hadn’t decided to follow this career path?
Sometimes I think about doing something radically different, like opening a bakery or a café! My love of cold brew and baked goods knows no bounds.
How do you relax when you’re not working?
I exercise daily to clear my head and boost my endorphins; I spend a lot of time with my family, friends, and fiancé, I like hopping on a Citi Bike in nice weather to get from Point A to Point B, and when it’s raining outside, you’ll typically find me baking something sweet in my kitchen!