I sit at the intersection of Madison Avenue, Wall Street, and Silicon Valley.
I am currently leading the brand turnaround as Chief Marketing Officer of CareerBuilder (owned by Apollo Global Management), a leading jobs platform that empowers employment for the 67% of Americans who never went to or graduated from college.
I am also Founder of Code & Culture, a startup incubator and brand collaborations consultancy. Past roles include leading digital/media efforts for Mike Bloomberg’s 2016 Presidential campaign and a seven-year tenure building MRY, a leading digital creative agency (exit: Publicis Groupe). I started my career in Bank of America’s Investment Banking Division.
The voice I can bring to the board
I’m trained facilitator—a skill I’ve used to serve on non-profit boards, as much as in corporate board rooms. I’ve done various diversity, equity, and inclusion trainings. I’ve also been a practitioner of Applied Empathy, a strategy and design methodology that applies empathy for deeper perspective taking—a methodology taught at Princeton University and used at West Point, the Pentagon, Nike, AirBnb, and other innovative institutions.
I also bring the voice of America—80% of my audience at CareerBuilder is the 67% of Americans who never went to or graduated from college; it’s critical we consider perspectives other than our own as we think about creative a more diverse, inclusive campus. I also am a venture investor and have incubated many start-ups; I have a sense of where society, technology, and culture is heading.
My service to the University community
While on campus, I served as the voice of the student body as President of the Student Judicial Council and President of the Interfraternity Council. I also participated in recruitment initiatives, specifically focused on garnering a more diverse student body. Finally, I co-founded inGeneral, the first student-run investigative news magazine at W&L in an effort to bring more thoughtful discussion to complex issues facing our campus and alumni community.
Other community service
I’ve worked with the Harlem Children’s Zone preparing opportunity youth for the college admissions process. I’ve served on the Advisory Board of the New York Foundling, the largest and oldest social services charity in New York City which is responsible for overseeing the City’s foster care system. I specifically worked with technology brands like Microsoft and HP to bring equal access to technology by sourcing necessary hardware and software for opportunity youth and their foster parents.
I’ve served on the Advisory Board to the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, an Oklahoma-based family foundation focused on criminal and social justice reform. I’ve also supported MNDFL [mindful] ED, a non-profit organization bringing mindfulness and meditation programs into inner-city schools in New York.
Relevant personal and professional experience
Most of my professional career in advertising and politics has centered around community building and mobilization—whether it was beer lovers for Bud Light, or friends and family to stop their loved ones from texting while driving for AT&T, or moderates and swing voters during my work on the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election.
One of the most important aspects of any higher education institution is the recruitment of talented students and faculty. As the Chief Marketing Officer of CareerBuilder, my task is to primarily fuel a dual-sided marketplace and create a supply and demand of job opportunities and match them with a high-velocity of quality candidates.
W&L Alumni have been a critical part of my success before, during, and after my time at W&L. I was awarded the Class of 1968 Scholarship that ultimately brought me to the school. My first job in BofA’s Investment Banking division was facilitated by John P Case III ’86, a W&L Alumni and Board Member.
My unexpected transition from finance into advertising was the doing of Professor Amanda Bower who connected me to the father of Drew Crowley ’10 who ran a Private Equity firm in Boston that had recently invested in the small marketing firm that I ended up joining and growing from 12 people to over 300+. I also have a handful of W&L Alumni mentors including Louie Dubin ’84 (who started W&L’s Hillel program) and Brad Haugen ’04 (who now runs Will Smith’s entertainment company, Westbrook) who have been invaluable resources throughout my life.
Other things to know about me
My commitment to the University has ebbed and flowed over the years, but I have always valued and cherished my time at W&L. I don’t think the Board of Trustees should be made up of only die-hards.