Similarly, I’ve had a rather unconventional career path. I studied art history in undergraduate and graduate school, worked in museums, then in marketing for major entertainment and publishing companies, then financial services and now, finally, in fundraising for a well-known national not-for-profit organization. Along the way, I had my own literary and licensing agency for awhile, was the administrator and interviewer for an NIH-funded medical research study. I guess to say I’ve never been afraid of trying something or someplace new is an understatement! But, it’s worked for me.
As open as I am to new adventures, I’m also discriminating – discriminating, not discriminatory. I have high expectations of myself and others. I like traditional, but traditional wrapped in some quirkiness and style. I am incessantly curious and can get interested in almost anything.
Both my work and social life are focused on the City during the week and in Westchester on the weekends. I love the High Line, the Met and the Frick, Housing Works Bookstore, straight plays and off-Broadway, City Winery, Symphony Space, author readings at bookstores, chamber music, the Union Square Greenmarket, the Gramercy Tavern, Black Hound Bakery, and outdoor craft and food markets. On the weekend, I might head to Litchfield, Storm King, Beacon, New Haven or Blue Hill at Stone Barns. I travel whenever I have the time and the money. I’m convinced I lived in London in a past life, because I just feel so comfortable there. A walking trip in Costa Rica may have been my most relaxing vacation ever. Santa Fe and Taos, Glacier National Park and Lake Tahoe are other favorite places to get away in the U.S. High on my list of places I must visit are a lot of places that probably aren’t safe to go to right now – Turkey, Morocco, Middle Eastern archaeological sites that will probably be destroyed in the near future.
I am a Democratic Party district leader and volunteer for several women’s economic development and girls’ education and empowerment organizations. Because I really enjoy children – what better way to be reminded of what’s really important? – and I have none of my own, I have spent as much time as I can and been a “favorite aunt” to my nieces and nephew and my friends’ children. I have a “little sister” through the Big Brother/Big Sister organization, whom I’ve mentored since she was 7 and who is now 24. I also helped found Girls Inc. of Westchester.