How did your previous roles lead you to NYCEDC?
After college, I taught English in the north of France for a year. While I loved living in France, I did realize that I do not have a knack for teaching children. I started applying to jobs in the food industry and landed a job working in corporate sales at a small business that made cookies (and was actually an original tenant of Chelsea Market). My next jobs focused on food access, food systems, food business investment, and food systems. This led me to apply for a position at NYCEDC with the FRESH program, which I had learned about a few years earlier while working in food access.
When did you join the company? What’s your day-to-day role?
I joined the company in March 2018. In my day-to-day, I manage the FRESH program, which confers tax incentives to supermarkets to open and renovate in lower-income areas of the city. Because of my background and experience managing the FRESH program, I also am involved in many other efforts that touch food policy and health both at NYCEDC and other City agencies.
What’s the most rewarding part of your job? And the most challenging?
I think the most rewarding part of the job is being able to explore new ways to improve food access. The creative aspect of the job is so important because projects take so long to complete. Many of the projects I work on or have worked on began their engagement with the FRESH program before I started. Finding ways to create my own short-term wins is really important for me, so that I can stay motivated despite many of my projects having long timelines from start to finish.
What would you be doing if you hadn’t decided to follow this career path?
About six months into my job at NYCEDC, I finally declined acceptance to a pre-med post-baccalaureate program that I had been deferring for a while. Perhaps I would have gone the route of pursuing a medical career if I hadn’t been hired by NYCEDC.
How has working for NYCEDC changed your perspective on NYC?
Working at NYCEDC has educated me on the way the city operates and why certain things are the way that they are. Working at NYCEDC has exposed me to the many different individuals who work for the City. Knowing that so many smart individuals are behind the work that the City does is very important to me.