For the past 10 years, I've taught the GED to adult students. Most recently on Monday nights, I teach the CUNY Assessment Test at the 1199 SEIU Labor Union Group in Midtown. I share more here.
I am an advisor to LaGuardia Community College's New Media Major.
I organize Teacher’s Tech Tours:
If you're also passionate about any of the above, I'd love to chat!
My father immigrated to the United States in his twenties, where he worked a number of minimum wage jobs, as a busboy, as a waiter, at a gas station. He went on to become a software developer, and then at the age of 36, became a lawyer. My brother and I were so lucky to grow up in New Jersey, at great public schools.
My mother and father also nurtured in me a global worldview, that emphasized giving back to the world, which led me to an early passion for international development and global health. As a Harvard undergraduate, I studied Swahili and spent time in Kenya, Tanzania, and South Africa. It was while in sub-Saharan Africa, I saw the immense potential for technology to transform lives at scale.
I went on to work at Cisco Systems, with high-performing engineering teams, that ultimately led to my role as co-founder and general partner at Work-Bench, an enterprise-focused VC fund in NYC. We invest in enterprise software startups throughout the country, building some of the most cutting edge technologies.
Yet outside of my professional work, where I have spent the most time and energy is in education - specifically adult education. I have worked with hundreds of adults over the past 10 years in both Boston and New York, who are in similar shoes as my own father was - working 2 jobs, with 3 kids, and with English as a second language. When I think of my father's experiences, I cannot help but hope the same for my own adult students that I teach.
With that said, the opportunities for today’s workforce are far more challenging than they were for my father’s generation, and nowhere more acutely than in career and education growth for minimum wage workers, where it is harder than ever to provide for them and their families.
I consider myself so incredibly lucky to work at the intersection of so many critical fields: education, technology, workforce development, and my own personal experiences as the daughter of immigrants, to identify, collaborate, and invest in transformative new technologies that will change and power the future of jobs.