people know you as:
where you lived first year:
In a quad on the first floor of Mid Mass.
Dartmouth person(s) who had a major influence on you, and how:
Ron Green had a huge influence on my time at Dartmouth. Freshman winter, I took his Ethics and Religion class, during which we read Fear and Trembling by Soren Kierkegaard. Intrigued by Kierkegaard's writings, I approached Ron about the possibility of doing an independent study together the next year. He urged me to go to Minneapolis during the summer to study Danish (Kierkegaard's native tongue); when I returned to campus, we embarked on a three-year research project that culminated in a thesis in my senior year. Taking on such a huge project gave me the confidence I needed to write a business plan that led to Common Impact, the nonprofit I now run.
one of your most memorable Dartmouth moments:
There are so many. Here are a few: Meeting two of my dear friends (Amanda Paulson and Cristina Kuechmann) at the picnic for freshmen from the Chicago area before we arrived in Hanover. Homecoming each and every year, especially singing the alma mater around the bonfire with friends. Doing backflips off the ledge at Collis during a huge snow storm. Living in Paris with Amanda our sophomore spring and traveling with Cristina, who was in Prague. In my senior year, drinking beer and eating nachos just about every Friday night at the Lone Pine, and being tapped for Casque & Gauntlet and living with such an accomplished, diverse group of folks.
Chicago and Minneapolis.
where you live now:
you could talk for hours about:
something you learned yesterday:
John McCain's wife is about 20 years younger than he is and Hillary Clinton is 60.
favorite spot in your home:
web site you love to go to:
biggest one-eighty of your life:
Deciding not to go to law school after being completely sure that law was my calling when I got to Dartmouth. I spent all three of my off-terms trying to convince myself that I really did want to be an attorney.
trait you love about someone dear to you:
My husband—who couldn't carry a tune if he had a bucket—sings loudly and joyfully in the shower every morning. you've been meaning to get to it for years: Really learn to speak Spanish.
historical figure who fascinates you, and why: I'm still having a love affair with Kierkegaard. Of all the philosophers and theologians I've read, his thinking about faith has most influenced my own.
you blow off steam by: Hiking with my dog, Maddy.
reading on the bedside table: No Excuses by Robert Schrum; The Art of Eating by M.F.K. Fisher; and a backlog of The Economist.
tops on tomorrow's to-do list: Tomorrow is Saturday, so grocery shopping and laundry are at the top of the list. Monday will bring prepping for our quarterly Common Impact board meeting and working on the memorandum of understanding for our new office in Richmond, VA.