Managing Editor at New America
Best career advice you ever got?
Take the job where you’ll learn the most. That can be because it teaches you new skills or because the people around you have wisdom to impart. Could also be the person who told me that she thought I was dumb. I should ask her, but I can’t remember who it was.
Favorite thing about your job?
My team. Talented, curious, super smart, committed and very funny. It’s a joy every day to work with these folks. They disprove all the inane stuff you hear about millennials. It’s an amazing generation and I learn from them.
If you weren’t doing this, what job would you have?
Best case: Writing or Editing. Better case: Working the scoreboard at Wrigley.
What’s something work-related that keeps you up at night?
A free pizza followed by a K-cup Double Diamond. Wait, is that what you were asking? Oh, right. Probably something I didn’t do because I ran out of time, but that might have consequences and make my team’s life difficult.
Most memorable Communications Network experience?
Interviewing Alfred Ironside at a ComNetLOCAL DC event. Also, running the boardwalk in Miami.
Your most overused word or phrase?
“Y’know, I used to work at CNN.” (I mean, c’mon, Fuzz, that was 10 years ago!)
Best thing you’ve read/watched/listened to recently?
Read: The Culture of Fear, by Barry Glassner. Watched: Silicon Valley. Listened to: Recode Media.
Words with Friends.
How do you define success?
Someone else is genuinely happier because of something I did.
Most important thing you’ve learned in the last five years?
Your kids’ high school years go by in a flash. Oh, right, you meant work-related again, got it. The modern media landscape means comms leaders are the folks who recognize how an organization is changing, or how a structure might not be future-proofed, more quickly than other leaders, and we can provide real value to leadership when we point that out, especially if others aren’t seeing it.
What are you most interested in learning from your colleagues in The Network — and what could folks learn from you?
From colleagues: How they faced and resolved challenges similar to mine. How they navigated the need to amplify thought leadership as the sands keep shifting in media. From me: How to organize a comms team to be nimble and attentive to a variety of internal clients. How to weave journalistic ideals into an external relations strategy, because it reinforces how your organization is a truth teller.
How has The Network been helpful to your work/your career? And why?
Community. Just knowing others are facing the same challenges and working to solve them. Helping me realize there are many more ways to solve those problems than what I can think of myself.