What is your most enduring memory of your time at Yale?
Out of my three alma maters, Yale had the most memorable impact on me as a professional. The Yale School of Environment had such a strong community feeling. We had over a 100 people in our class year, and I knew everyone by name.
How has your identity shaped your Yale experience?
Living in New Haven gave me an appreciation of how an academic institution can have an impact on a community for better and for worse. I became much more aware of inequalities within the United States but also the immense potential which learning can have on positive economic transformation.
What is your hope for the future of the Yale alumni community?
The Yale alumni community has immense potential for global service impact. There is a certain personality type which is attracted to Yale as compared with other elite universities in more bucolic locations. It is no wonder that Yalies have such a strong service ethic exemplified by the Yale Day of Service. I hope this spirit of service can be scaled across borders at a global level, perhaps with Yalies supporting universal education through open-source programs.
What advice would you give to fellow or future Yalies?
Always look beyond the cliche of “thinking globally and acting locally” — you need to multitask and think and act globally at multiple levels for meaningful impact in this world. Your Yale education will give you a certain privilege for life but with that comes a responsibility. Just as Yale’s name may open many doors for you, always be willing to subsequently open doors for others who may be just as capable.