ME: THE OVERVIEW
Maya Angelou said, "People will forget what you said, they will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." At my day job, handling a freelance project, volunteering, or exploring the city, I am always looking to make new connections and serve those I encounter. I pour myself completely and passionately into every interaction.
MY DAY JOB
At Solstice, a digital innovation firm based in Chicago with offices in New York and Buenos Aires, I am a Product Consultant working in the financial services space, helping clients adopt and use the agile methodology to transform their products to improve their existing customer experience and to easily acquire the growth they desire.
Previously at the New York Road Runners, I was part of an energetic and talented team that worked to keep New Yorkers and athletes around the world alike running and active. In my role as Senior Product Manager in the IT department, I led a small team in creating, improving and maintaining our websites and our mobile apps. I loved that my work supported healthy living, charitable giving, and my favorite city!
In my free time, I take on a variety of freelance work. If a Project or Product Manager is needed to get a project off the ground, I am happy to help. I build and maintain Squarespace websites for individuals and small companies. Over the years, I've garnered a handful of octogenarian and nonagenarian clients, to whom I regularly give computer lessons.
I’m an environmentalist through and through. I collect food scraps for composting and love that in Brooklyn I can drop them in a brown organics collection can whenever I like. As a card-carrying Citizen Pruner, I am licensed to tend and prune low hanging street trees throughout the city. I am currently looking for a new urban garden as I had to give up my Chelsea bike lane tree pit garden on 8th Ave & 20th St after many years of cultivating it with a neighbor.
In addition to tending to all aspects of plants' life cycles, I taught computer classes to adults through New York Cares for eight years. And these days, I am always up for participating in hackathons that aim at improving the quality of life for my fellow New Yorkers. In August of 2016, my team came in first place in an Empathy Jam produced by my friend and hosted at General Assembly. In February 2017, I participated in an NYC OpenRecords UX Hackathon to help NYC agencies MOTI, DoRIS, and DoITT with their OpenRecords FOIL request portal. I volunteer my time because I’m committed to giving back, but like most, I definitely find that I get back more than I give.
When I’m not doing all the above, you can find me whizzing through traffic on my folding bike or a Citibike. I am always up for planning or attending a local adventure. I come from an artistic family so visiting galleries, museums and cultural institutions brings me immense pleasure. Some say I don't know how to relax. It's actually the opposite, activity is my release. Keeping busy keeps me happy.
It should come at no surprise, I want to experience as much as I possibly can, and I staunchly refuse to ever become a jaded New Yorker. The city has been my home for over 15 years, and it still excites me with all it has to offer. My friends tell me that I have an insatiable and infectious zest for life, and they’re right! What I know for sure is that I wake up each day eager to explore and have new experiences.