“I’ve learned that I can accomplish anything when I’m driven by passion.”
I was pregnant and at an MBA career fair in Belgium where a recruiter overheard me talking about what I wanted—a small community where you can be outdoors; a place where people take care of their neighbors, the opportunity to explore public policy issues. The recruiter recommended Tuck, which hadn't been my radar. My husband matched at Dartmouth for residency; I was waitlisted and enrolled at Tuck the following year. This extra time gave me a chance to enjoy hiking and snowshoeing in the Upper Valley with my newborn while clarifying my career goals through consulting work.
The professor who taught me the most is actually the professor whose class I missed taking, Peter Fisher. I'll never forget the points he shared with me through our interactions: “Question your null hypothesis.” “You can question someone's judgment but not their motives.” “Politics is a war of objectives.” “Do you want that job in your gut?” Also of note: Emily Blanchard’s Research-to-Practice Seminar, Firms and Trade Policy, changed my professional trajectory. By analyzing data, diving into gray areas, and considering the long-term implications of policies, I have a better sense of where community and economic development can, and cannot, move the needle in our country. In addition to inspiring me intellectually, Emily is a role model: she’s found her own formula for navigating career and family. I’m working on doing the same.
I gave a Tuck Talk just recently about my journey as a professional wife and mother, and different ways I’ve learned to manage my life. I opened up more than I ever have. A lot of classmates came up to me and said things like, “Moments like this make me proud to be at Tuck!” It was great to celebrate my story at the end of this journey at Tuck.
I now know how to solve big problems by breaking them into small problems, staying organized, communicating effectively and working in teams. I'm so excited to apply my skills to tackling community and economic development challenges, starting with affordable housing in the Bay Area.
Georgetown University, BS, foreign service, 2006
Independent Economic Development Consultant, Hartford, Vermont, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 2012-14; Strategy Consultant, Company Companions, Hamburg, Germany, 2011-12; Economic Development Consultant, JE Austin Associates, Cairo, Egypt, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Washington, D.C., 2009-11; Market Analyst, British Petroleum, Los Angeles, California, 2008
Business and Politics Club, president; Center for Global Business and Government MBA fellow; UNC Real Estate Challenge Case Competition; Real Estate Club, member
Center for Global Business and Government MBA fellows project on capital flows into early-stage medical device companies; First-Year Project on improving access to acute care in Haiti; Green Mountain Economic Development Corporation board member, 2014-15
Traveled to more than 70 countries, worked in nine (Germany, U.S., Egypt, Pakistan, Armenia, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Haiti), and lived in seven (Germany, U.S., Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Argentina, India, Mexico); while at Tuck, studied abroad at the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad, India; undergraduate study at Universidad de Ciencias Sociales in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Twin Pines Housing Trust, White River Junction, Vermont, project manager
Professors Emily Blanchard, Peter Fisher, Teresa Fort, John Vogel, and Curt Welling; health care policy leaders at the White House; global leaders in the medical-device industry; my Indian Tuck friends in particular during my study abroad at the ISB; all my Tuck friends
Firms and Trade Policy Research-to-Practice Seminar (Emily Blanchard)
I now see how strong I am. I had a one-year-old when I started Tuck and a second child in the middle of my summer internship. While I was at Tuck, my husband was in residency at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, so he was even busier than my peers and I. I’ve learned that I can accomplish anything when I’m driven by passion.
Eden Housing, Hayward, California, project manager