Assistant Dean of Career Education & Associate Director of Career Communities - Frosh/Soph
Tell us something interesting about your background?
I started my career as an in-house historian for a Chicago teachers union, studied labor history in graduate school, and pivoted to career education in 2011. In retrospect, I’ve realized the connecting thread through all of my jobs: Every job has engaged my absolute fascination with the concept of work – how work intersects with power, how we can improve the experience of working, and what it means to find meaningful work.
What has led you to your current role?
I realized early in my career that I loved working with students as they’re just starting college. It’s the variety – each frosh and sophomore has vastly different needs. And I’m interested in how we equip frosh and sophomores with the mindsets and skills that will help them build unique career journeys at Stanford. I love this role because it allows me to build programs and services for undeclared students (my favorite people!); but it’s just as meaningful that I get to support and advocate for an incredible team as a manager. Ultimately, I was drawn to this role because it perfectly balances my desire to directly empower people – students and colleagues – with my drive to keep improving career education as a system.
In your spare time, what do you enjoy doing?
I’m a proud homebody and enjoy spending time in my own company: curling up with a book (mostly non-fiction, but I’m warming up to novels), writing, or listening to an album all the way through. But I also adore meandering conversations with friends, stand-up comedy, and exploring charming neighborhoods or beautiful hiking places in the Bay Area.
M.S.Ed. in Counseling
National Certified Counselor