Hometown: Seattle / Houston / Los Angeles (places I lived for at least 3 years until I left home for college)
What makes you the best person for your role?
Prior to joining Innovation Works I was in-house counsel for the software development startup CoManage (acquired by Syndesis, Ltd.) and before that an associate, first in Los Angeles and then in Pittsburgh, with Morgan, Lewis and Bockius. In those capacities I was involved with forming technology startups, corporate governance, software licensing, mergers and acquisitions, private placements and a variety of commercial transactions. I received a B.A. in Political Science and Journalism from Stanford University and a J.D., cum laude, from the University of Michigan.
What is your favorite thing about working with startups?
In my role I am fortunate to meet many of our area’s most promising entrepreneurs and to learn about their companies and innovative technologies.
What do you love about living and working in Pittsburgh?
Pittsburgh has a vibrant arts/food/business scene; also, as a staunch urbanite I am fortunate that the city of Pittsburgh has great residential neighborhoods.
Where can we find you outside of work?
At a Quantum play, walking in Schenley or Frick Park, at a movie theater (usually The Manor or Waterworks), dining at one of the many great restaurants in our area (Noodlehead, Lot 17, Mercurio’s and Yoshino, to name a few) or enjoying a good book and/or music.