Just before my senior year, I left Princeton University to build Branch Media, which was backed by the founders of Twitter and Buzzfeed. Our company designed experimental social products, such as Branch and Potluck, that aimed to foster more thoughtful conversations on the internet. Branch's software was embedded within New York Times articles, used by retired Army Generals, and even broke big news about Apple's iPhone design.
In January 2014, Facebook bought Branch. While at Facebook, I worked on the development of new consumer-facing products and features. In August 2015, I left Facebook to accept a role in President Obama's Administration.
Starting in September 2015, I served as the White House's first Director of Product. Of the projects that I created and led, my favorite work included:
As a political appointee, I left the White House in January 2017. For the rest of that year I was an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Thrive Capital, exploring how technology can better serve all Americans. In 2018, I became a full-time Investor at Thrive, incubating and investing in new technology companies.
Originally from Santa Monica, CA, I have lived in New York, London, and Washington D.C. I am twenty-eight years old and a proud donor to KCRW, Doctors Without Borders, Coalition for Queens, and Mr. Fulcher's African-American literature class at Santa Monica High School (my alma mater).