Describe your path since graduating from Portsmouth Abbey School.
After Portsmouth, I graduated from Bard College. From an academic standpoint, my college years were very much a continuation of my experience at Portsmouth – small classroom setting, emphasis on the humanities (bucolic setting). Despite always knowing I wanted to pursue a career in the field of business generally, I stuck with the liberal arts theme at college and doubled-down on many of the concepts that excited me most while at Portsmouth (Thank you, Mr. Hobbins and Mr. Fulweiler), and even studied Classics under a Portsmouth alum.
After that, as a native New Yorker, I gravitated naturally to New York City where I’ve remained. There’s a strong community of Abbey alums that I cross paths with often. It’s an added benefit to life here.
My professional career has been broadly focused on the business side of the tech sector. Most recently I’ve been at Oath Inc, a Verizon subsidiary that owns and operates properties such as Yahoo, TechCrunch, and the Huffington Post. I sit in their Global Strategy, Operations, and Partnerships division. It’s a fast-moving industry, and I’ve worked for companies and on projects both large and small. The common theme is the need to innovate. Every day brings new challenges and I find that aspect of my work rewarding.
How did your experience at Portsmouth Abbey School help you become the person & professional you are today?
It’s hard to overstate the need for critical, nuanced thinking in my professional day-to-day. Despite working in a very numbers-focused and data-driven field, the qualitative side of my job carries tremendous weight. Looking back at my time at Portsmouth, the combination of academic and athletic rigor I found there and its mission – emphasizing Respect and Responsibility – was essential prep for the highly competitive world we live in.
What is the best advice you could give to a current student?
First, from my perspective, Portsmouth’s edge is its dynamic environment – the people and the location are truly distinguishing traits. The faculty and staff care so much and do such a good job, and the campus is so beautiful. Consequently, I’d encourage every student to take advantage of the unique resources available to them while they can. Second, don’t be afraid to say “yes.” Emerson said that the voyage of the best ship is a zigzag of a hundred tacks. Put another way: Say “yes” even if you ultimately reverse course. Not everything in life is a sure thing, but don’t let that discourage you from trying. Having the courage to “yes” as often as possible is tantamount to new beginnings and leads to knowledge and growth.