I guide the Pace Center's strategic direction and organizational culture. That means that I help prioritize what we need to be doing; I help figure out how we can be most effective; and I help motivate staff around our goals. I also get to share with others how we are progressing, what we still struggle with, and what our good news is. What I'm most focused on is working from a cohesive set of values at Pace, intentionally supporting students' learning from service, and finding ways to integrate students' learning from service into their whole Princeton experience. Come talk to me about your ideas, your path, and your decisions. I'd love to hear about what you've learned from service.
I believe that institutions are significant drivers of social change. I came to Princeton because I thought that if Princeton could deeply value service, its graduates could do even more to fulfill the mission of being "in the nation's service and in the service of humanity." The work that Princeton does very much sets the bar for others, and I want to help other higher education and cultural institutions value service. Before coming to Princeton, I was in a dream job at Arizona State University for 10 years, where I led new, interdisciplinary, university-wide efforts around entrepreneurship, community partnerships, and institutional change. That work focused on change and I learned how important process is to change. I've also enjoyed being a part of innovative research efforts at Columbia University, education efforts at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and advocacy efforts at the Center for Science in the Public Interest. My Masters in Public Administration is from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs and my B.S. in Molecular and Cellular Biology is from the University of Arizona. Having had five on-campus jobs as a Sophomore and, as a result, could not taking advantage of my college experience, so come talk to me if there are disconnects in the way you grew up and the Princeton experience.
I revel in being a mother to my children, who are 2-, 4- and 6-years-old. You can talk to me about kids and home birth, or about Pokemon and Princess Sofia. Or, talk to me about "My Brilliant Friend," by Elena Ferrante. I just finished this book, and the ending motivated me so much that I'm planning on reading the next 3 books in the series asap! Also, I have a celebrity-spotting talent... So tell me if there's anybody I should be looking out for!