Director of Marketing, Fundrise
Washington, DC USA
What are you working on for the year?
I'm continuing my work with real estate investment platform Fundrise. We've built an online marketplace where anyone can invest in real estate around the US in an effort to displace a very broken and unfair Wall Street system. I head up all of our marketing efforts, which means I manage press outreach, customer acquisition and engagement, and generally look for new ways to get the word out about what we're doing!
Why did you decide to come on Remote Year?
I was tired of playing it safe. I'm the type of person that usually does things by the book and I realized that life is much more interesting and fulfilling when you take risks. I didn't want to wake up in 10 years and never have left DC or a desk. Remote Year was the perfect solution - a way to see the world without having to give up my work at Fundrise. And, now that I'm here, I'm starting to view Remote Year as a sort of surrogate grad school. In 7 weeks I've met 75 talented, interesting, genuine people, learned several new skills that directly relate to my work at Fundrise, and seen countries that I never imagined I would see. Pretty amazing.
How did you find yourself in a remote role?
I knew that I wanted to continue my work at Fundrise so I put together a plan that outlined every component of my job and how I would make it work (if not improve it) remotely. I'm lucky enough to work for a company that emphasizes individual learning and growth so the team agreed to let me give it a shot. The scariest part of the whole process was working up the courage to ask.
Describe your perfect day
Some combination of reading, eating Dominos, swimming, and spending time with close friends and family.
What is the dish you cook most often?
I make an incredible salami sandwich and have received many accolades for it.
What do you have a knack for?
What's the most fortuitous or lucky experience you've had while traveling?
I recently ran into a friend from college who I hadn't seen in years in the middle of a pool at a Hungarian bath house.
Where/when did you catch the travel bug?
My grandparents started an incredible tradition of taking every one of their grandchildren on a trip when they turned 16. I was lucky enough to go to Japan on my trip, which really opened my eyes to a totally different culture and how fun and interesting traveling can be.
What book should everyone read?
The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace
What film should everyone see?
The Shawshank Redemption
What is the best saying/quote you know?
“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” ― Oscar Wilde
What is one thing that should be taught in school that isn’t currently?