Tell us a bit about what you were doing before joining us?
I was working for a global health and humanitarian response charity in the US for several years. My work was a mix of program and partnership development, and writing things like communications and advocacy pieces, blogs, and technical reports.
For most of my career I’ve worked for non-profits and charities. I’m excited to be around creative people and have the chance to work on new types of projects and across different sectors at outré creative. I love that the atmosphere here seems to be really open and collaborative.
And how about your free time – what do you fill it with?
I’m pretty obsessed with my dog. She’s a 10-year old American pit bull terrier named Angel. We go for long walks and explore Brooklyn together.
There’s some really great architecture in New York if you remember to look up. Walking my dog gives me the luxury of slowing down and basking in the city in a way that I don’t when I’m rushing to the catch the subway or running late to meet someone (which is always).
I also tend to do a lot of karaoke with friends, with a strong emphasis on 80s power ballads and anything Stevie Nicks. With karaoke it’s not about being good, it’s about committing to the performance. At least, that’s what I tell myself when everyone else at the karaoke bar is a Broadway performer on their day off…
What’s your office pet hate?
I’ve had a few co-workers who clipped their fingernails at their desks. Not appropriate.
As a writer, we’re guessing you’re also a keen reader. Got anything good on the go right now?
I have a not great habit of reading multiple books (almost always fiction) at once. I can’t stop myself from buying too many books at bookstores (it’s all in the name of supporting a dying industry) and then I can’t stop myself from tearing into them all at once.
Right now I’m reading “House of Broken Angels” by Luis Alberto Urrea and “Pachinko” by Min Jin Lee. Both are multi-generational immigrant family sagas, but they’re a great pairing because one has very lush and descriptive language, and the other is written in a more spare and simple style, and yet both completely draw you in.
What’s your personal motto?
I don’t really have one, I think but Oscar Wilde’s “everything in moderation, including moderation” is a good place to start.
If you could make one addition to the office, what would it be?
I heard a rumour that Aidan is going to be bringing his new Goldendoodle puppy to the New York office. I’m impatiently waiting for that day to come.
And lastly, what’s your favourite word and why?
I do a lot of crossword puzzles during my commute to work, and the word “oleo” (it’s another word for margarine) comes up constantly. I guess that’s my current favourite word because it’s been so oddly useful.