Cebra Graves

Cebra Graves

VP, Research & Planning


USA Funds

Education

High School
Quaker Valley High School
Bachelor
English Language and Literature, General
Yale University
Graduate
Yale University

Career

VP, Research & Planning

I help develop strategies to invest money to help improve outcomes in higher education.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Education
Business
Upholding a Cause and Belief

Day to Day

I start by reading education news, reviewing new research, policy debates, and innovative experiments being tried out at colleges. Then I spend time evaluating a potential investment in a company that I think will make a positive impact on student outcomes. I have lunch with an entrepreneur who is introducing me to her start-up. I get on a phone call with a VC partner who is updating limited partners on his fund's investments. I end the day by working on a strategy presentation for our board.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

I spend a lot of time working in PowerPoint and Excel, neither of which I learned to use (beyond the basics) in college or even business school. The art of telling a 'strategy story' using words, numerical analysis and graphical presentations is a tremendously valuable skill in business and one that I learned while working as a strategy consultant. Reading deeply and widely about a subject that interests you (in my case, higher education) takes time, but helps develop one's unique expertise.