(as of August 2016)
Former position at CEP
Senior Communications and Programming Coordinator
Length of tenure at CEP
What are you up to these days?
I’m an assistant district attorney with the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts, where I work in Chelsea District Court.
How did your time at CEP prepare you for what you’re doing now?
The mission of my current office is to serve our communities and to ensure justice. From working at CEP, I learned how achieving ambitious goals such as that begins with paying close attention to smaller processes and actions. At CEP, I wrote items that would translate our mission and research to a variety of audiences, and I use those communication skills on a daily basis in court. I sometimes bounce from making a legal argument to a judge to communicating that same argument to a victim. In many ways, that reflects the work I did at CEP to understand the nuances of CEP research and to distill those findings into easily understood messages. I’ve also come to appreciate how skilled CEP made me at multi-tasking, working both independently and collaboratively, and rigorously checking the accuracy of my work.
What did you do between your time at CEP and your current role?
I had a few months off between CEP and law school — during that time I traveled to visit family members and moved with my now-husband to North Carolina, where he was starting graduate school at the same time.
What do you miss most about working at CEP?
The absolute number one thing that I miss most about CEP is my colleagues! I have fantastic co-workers now, but CEP sets a pretty insurmountable bar in terms of work culture. I was so lucky to have been surrounded by such funny, intelligent, and kind-hearted people for those years. I felt incredibly valued as an employee and as a person at CEP, and I’m lucky to have built friendships that will continue!
What advice would you give someone about working at CEP?
Take advantage of all of the great mentoring and opportunities to think creatively! The leadership at CEP is open to new ideas and always supports professional development.
Describe your perfect Sunday
First step is definitely a bacon, egg, and cheese with iced coffee. After that, I’d want to play some tennis or go on a hike, then eat dinner outside, then wrap up the day by lounging on the couch and watching some sitcoms.