How did you start out?

After graduating with a Master’s Degree in International Policy Studies with language specialization in Spanish and Japanese from the Monterey Institute of International Studies (now Middlebury Institute of International Studies), I applied for work at two organizations: EF Education and a local university, both in the San Francisco area. I was offered a position at both places and accepted the job as Student Services Coordinator in 1990 with EF, and the rest is history!

What helped you get as far as you have?

Collaborating with inspiring managers and dynamic colleagues and leading high-performing teams.

What piece of advice would you give to your 21-year-old self?

Enjoy the ride!

One word to describe yourself?


What are you most proud of in your professional life?

Collaborating with creative colleagues in an international setting, living and working abroad, interacting with so many people from around the world and continued learning.

Your first paying job: What and when?

I started working summers when I was 14 years old. My aunt was a doctor who had her medical practice and office. I had no experience, but she just let me get on with figuring out administrative assignments (intaking patients, filing documents, filling out insurance forms, answering phones, organizing files, etc). I worked at her clinic every summer during high school through my 2 nd year at university. That job, no doubt, set the tone for my work ethic and approach towards work.

What do you do to keep yourself centered?

Breathwork/meditation, exercise, doing art projects and playing the piano.

What’s your favourite quote?

It may be that when we no longer know what to do, we have come to our real work and when we no longer know which way to go, we have begun our real journey. The mind that is not baffled is not employed. The impeded stream is the one that sings.

– Wendell Berry

What would your superpower be?

Strong instincts.