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.
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! I’ve spent a lifetime developing techniques for living happily and comfortably in small spaces.
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 currently on the NAPO Board of Directors. I previously served five years on the board of the New York chapter, NAPO-NY, including two years as Chapter President. I’m also a member of the Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD), another source of excellent education for organizing professionals.
In 2011, I passed an exam to earn the distinguished designation of Certified Professional Organizer®. Only 10% of Professional Organizers in New York City have earned the CPO® designation, so I’m pretty proud of that.
I live on the Upper East Side of Manhattan with my husband and our daughter, who just finished college. When I’m not running my business, I perform and direct with an Off-Off-Broadway theatre group called the St. Jean’s Players.