As a former pre-K teacher, I’ve seen some incredible things happen when a vibrant community is nurtured in a classroom. Nothing brought me more warmth and joy than than seeing my students empower each other to solve problems and discover new things about the world around them. I feel incredibly fortunate to continue to foster and grow an incredible community of founders and operators at First Round each day as Phin Barnes’ Partner Operations Manager. While the problems we help our community solve are a little different from those my students faced in the sandbox, the qualities needed to succeed — perseverance, resourcefulness, and a never ending desire to learn — remain the same.
Before First Round, I was a strategist and operator at AltSchool, and prior to that, a corps member with Teach For America. At AltSchool, I worked alongside a one-of-a-kind team of educators, product leaders, designers, and engineers to reinvent our education system taking full advantage of the technology available to us today. I now get to engage with founders and teams who have similar aspirations across fields — synthetic biology, cybersecurity, and artificial intelligence, to name a few. It’s gratifying to be with them in these early stages and to help connect the dots across our community so that we can build better companies together.
I graduated from USC with a BS in the Business of Cinematic Arts and LMU with an MA in Educational Policy and Administration. Outside work, I’m constantly discovering new hip-hop albums and indulging my passion for Scandinavian design. Having grown up in LA, I’m always counting down the days until my next bite of In-N-Out, and you can bet that I’m fiercely cheering on my USC Trojans and Lakers every game night. I should actually add that prior to my work in education, I fulfilled my lifelong dream of working alongside Kobe Bryant at the Lakers — albeit as a member of their corporate partnerships team. Still counts if you ask me!