What is your most enduring memory of your time at Yale?
For me, the most enduring part of Yale is not a memory but a feeling. The feeling that anything is possible. Other alumni have told me about this. In 2016, when I was new to the YAA executive director position, I received an email from Konrad Perlman ’60 MCP, that said: “A short anecdote from a Yale Law School graduate I met at the cleaners. After an exchange of what year, what school, and what do you dos, I asked him what he got out of his Yale experience. And he replied: ‘Anything is possible.’ I agreed that that was the same belief I took with me as well. It’s the kind of optimism that... is a viewpoint that considers limitations temporary... optimism of that sort, I believe, is a gift of viewpoint and curiosity that is unique to Yale, where a community of commitment to the highest and, at the same time, most practical ideas lives and breathes every day.”
Yale instilled in me an optimism, a positivity – anything is possible.
How has your identity shaped your Yale experience?
I am an extrovert. I love people and building relationships and connections. Yale, for me, was a wonderful experience because there were so many interesting, smart, and engaging people from backgrounds and with experiences so different from mine. I am fortunate that I can still build relationships and connections with interesting, smart, and engaging alumni!
What is your hope for the future of the Yale alumni community?
I would love for every alum to feel like they belong in the alumni community. Our mission is to enhance and renew the lifelong Yale experience for all alumni, whoever they are and wherever they may be.
What advice would you give to fellow or future Yalies?
When I was on campus, I thought that Yale was a place for learning. In retrospect, it is so much more. Yale is more than a place and more than an experience. I may have left the campus but Yale came with me. Yale for me is part of who I am.