Right when I started working at Winthrop, the first deal I was put on was an affordable assisted living development. At first I was excited because no one else around the country was doing them, and I felt the thrill of breaking the mold. But the more I worked, the more I really understood the need – there are 10,000 baby boomers retiring every day for the next ten years, and hardly any of them have enough savings to live until they’re 90, not to mention that we’re all living longer and with more illnesses than ever. I’m proud to have contributing to helping them, and proud to continue to do so.
I take pride that I’ve never been in a courtroom; I see myself as a consensus builder, not an arguer. When working on transactions with strict deadlines, and large numbers of moving pieces, it’s important that everyone be working toward the same goal, and with understanding of each other’s motivations. I’m passionate about the idea of creating affordable housing, and work closely with clients to coordinate all the aspects of a deal to ensure it gets done. Any lawyer should of course be detail oriented, but it’s also necessary to be able to quickly resolve issues and move on, and not get lost in those details.
Outside of work, I do a lot of biking, including commuting to work by bike, and love swimming and running – anything I can do to get outside.