President and CEO
I run a nonprofit organization overseeing revenue, fundraising, content development & relationships.
Upholding a Cause and Belief
Day to Day
The most important thing I do is work with people - both outside of our organization, partners, people who make content, producers who make Radiotopia shows, and people who work inside our organization, so I have to attend to career development and culture and making sure people have what they need to be successful at their jobs. I talk to many people all day. Another part of my role is to figure out how to take the mission of public media and make sure it survives another generation.
Skills & Qualities Beyond School
Initiative is really hard to teach. You can only reward it and hope that people feel that reward and do it again. Problem solving is also critical, because the media environment is so disruptive, so we have to be creative and get back up when we make mistakes. Understanding financial processes and having a high degree of financial fluency is also something that every management team needs.
Advice for Getting Started
Here's the first step for college students
I think the path is crooked and that’s okay. Take time and learn what you like and the patterns will ultimately emerge. Don’t stress on it when you’re young. Follow patterns of what gives you joy. Don’t think of your career in terms of job titles - think of your career in terms of what you’d like to learn.
My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:
GIS and International Development