Lisa Marrone '10 (front left) and friends on campus during her time as a student at Yale College.

Lisa Marrone is a member of the Yale College Class of 2010. The co-founder and CEO of Revel, she previously worked as an early-stage technology investor at August Capital, and prior to that, for Bain & Company as well as at the National Economic Council during the Obama Administration. In addition to receiving her undergraduate degree from Yale, she earned a JD/MBA from Harvard Business School and Harvard Law School.

She recently submitted to our questioning, reflecting on her time on campus, how a combination of her mom and math nerds drew her to New Haven, Yale’s commitment to public service, and more.

Lisa Marrone '10
Lisa Marrone '10

Why Yale?
My mom had been a paralegal for a lawyer who'd gone to Yale Law School. She thought the world of him, and of Yale by extension. When it came time to apply to college, my mom was adamant I apply early to Yale. I'd barely heard of Yale and hadn't visited! We drove up one rainy weekend from Virginia. I tried my best to be a surly teenager and dislike it because my mom liked it. But campus was stunning, my tour guide was a math major and a total nerd, and that pretty much sealed the deal.

What is your most enduring memory of your time at Yale? 
The sunny, warm, and glorious days of reading period senior spring, mostly spent lying on blankets outside with Brady Bender, Erin Capistrano, and Tiffany Petrosino.

If you could relive your time at Yale, what would you do differently?
FOOT instead of Freshperson Conference.

What would you do exactly the same? 
Live off campus in New Haven the summer after my freshman year. That, and the President's Public Service Fellowship allowed me to fall in love with New Haven as a city separate from Yale.

What is your favorite place in New Haven, past or present? 
Miya's Sushi.

What is your favorite spot on campus?
The JE Dining hall during breakfast hours on weekdays.

What's your favorite pizza place in New Haven?
BAR Pizza.

What advice would you give to current students? 
Take the class offered by the amazing professor in the subject you know absolutely nothing about.

Who is another Yalie who inspires you? Why?
My own classmate Isabel Chen, for her warmth and infectious enthusiasm.

What have you gained from your alumni engagement with Yale?
When we launched Revel, I posted about it in the Yale alumni Facebook group! One person responded to the post right away and became our first contract content marketer.

How did your time at Yale shape the person you are today?
It shaped me in every possible way. I arrived at Yale a sheltered, nerdy kid, who hadn't had very many close friends in high school. I left with a much stronger sense of self and friends who I love deeply.

What is your hope for the future of the Yale alumni community?
When I think about the values that were imbued in me by Yale, the one that stands out most is public service. And I hope Yale never loses that core value.

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