Meet the Organizer
I became a Professional Organizer in 2006 after 25 years of working for three of the world’s largest corporations (Mobil, Philip Morris, and Pfizer). I started my corporate career just as personal computers were entering the workplace, so I was perfectly poised to observe, over time, the continual influx of “time-saving tools” and, paradoxically, the resulting downgrade in personal productivity.
On the home front, I’ve spent a lifetime developing techniques for living happily and comfortably in small spaces. I’m proud to be a native New Yorker: born in Brooklyn, raised in Queens, and living in Manhattan for most of my adult life. I’ve never lived in a house – only in apartments – and I’ve never owned a car!
So now you understand the “New York attitude” part of my tag line, but what about the “Ivy League polish” part? I graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics, and I did my graduate work at the University of Pennsylvania, where I got an MBA from the Wharton School and a Masters degree in Computer Science.
I’ve been a proud member of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO) ever since I started my business. I’m very active in the New York chapter, NAPO-NY, and I served for five years on the NAPO-NY board, including two years as Chapter President. I’m also a member of the Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD), which is another source of excellent education for organizing professionals.
In 2011, I passed an exam to earn the distinguished designation of Certified Professional Organizer®. Yay! Only 10% of Professional Organizers in New York City have the CPO® designation, so I’m pretty proud of that.
I live on the Upper East Side of Manhattan with my husband and daughter, who is away at college most of the year. When I’m not running my business, I perform and direct with an Off-Off-Broadway theatre group called the St. Jean’s Players.