I’m in my final days working at Service Year Alliance (SYA). I was the first Service Year employee since I didn’t come from one of the original three organizations that merged to form SYA. I’ve learned a lot about start-up organizations, had the opportunity to work closely with people and partner organizations that I greatly admire, and have learned so much about myself in the process. I’m grateful for all of these.

Transitions are difficult. For me they are hardest because relationships are important. However, I’ve never been fully able to break away from previous jobs. I communicate regularly with my first boss at the University of Rochester and make sure to highlight their great work whenever possible. I hosted students from The Washington Center each semester and accepted invitations for informational interviews while working at Service Year. I don’t know how I’ll continue to support SYA, but look forward to doing so in whatever ways make sense. While I did not do a year of service myself, it is the foundation of who I am as a professional and an academic.

In February, I will join the Education Advisory Board (EAB) as a director of member education. I look forward to visiting campuses across the country to lead presentations and facilitate conversations on research and best practices to EAB’s members. I’m excited to immerse myself in research and in a culture that is helping colleges be more successful in ways that are important to them. This is my first time working in the private sector and not working directly in civic and community engagement. Through EAB I will be able to expand my areas of practice and expertise, something that is immensely important to me as I think about my future. I will always be a champion for and advocate of the public purposes of higher education (and of course, national service in America).

My position at EAB will require about 80% travel so you can anticipate lots of travel stories on the blog and photos from all the campuses I’ll be visiting. In the interim, I’m taking a little break to visit my favorite rainy city across the pond. Maybe I’ll write another post from London discussing how I came to make this decision: Digging into my strengths through a Gallup certified coach and the support I’ve had throughout my job search process.


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