Investor, Reach Capital
B.S. Bioengineering, Minor IEOR, 2009
MBA Wharton, 2015
MPA Harvard Kennedy School, 2016
Current job description:
I’m an early-stage investor in education technology companies. I spend my time meeting with entrepreneurs, evaluating potential investments, and supporting our portfolio companies with everything from recruiting to product strategy.
What makes you good at your job?
I am constantly learning. My background in bioengineering combined with my experience in strategy consulting and education has helped me break down unstructured problems and find ways to interpret and frame messy problems in education.
What skills did you learn in the BioE program that make you a success in your career?
I’m very thankful for the analytical and problem solving skills that were an integral part of the Bioengineering program. One specific course that deeply shaped my career was the Capstone course with Professor Amy Herr. In the course, I was introduced to user-centric design and developing a deeper understanding of the underlying needs that a product can be built to address. This user-centric approach guides my lens to investing — I’m always looking to understand the underlying need an entrepreneur is looking to solve and the depth of their understanding of the problem.
What keeps you enthusiastic about your job?
I love meeting with brilliant and passionate entrepreneurs who are working to transform the learning experience. It is so exciting to see the impact that these companies have on how students learn and the opportunities that open up with greater access to a quality education.