I don’t know many people who look forward to the first day of a new job. Even if it’s your dream job, the first day is often overwhelming; it’s full of onboarding briefings and HR forms galore. For these reasons, I was nervous for my first day as Collaborative Communications’ newest Vice President. Yet despite my nerves, I couldn’t have been more surprised at how well my first day turned out.
In less than a few hours on the job I felt at home and realized I was part of a special team. I’m sure there are many PR professionals who think their colleagues are special, but what makes the Collaborative Communications team unique isn’t just the fact that they provide quality communication services, which they do, but it’s that the team is truly committed to improving education and learning systems across the country.
When thinking about moving on from my previous job as Deputy Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Department of Education, I had diligently researched the organization—as I wanted to be sure it was the right move for me. But once I met with the team in the interview process, I knew I was making the right choice. And, I spent my first day reaffirming my choice, as I continued to learn more about the important work our team has accomplished and plan to accomplish in 2016 and beyond.
This is an exciting time to be involved in education. Graduation rates are the highest they’ve even been, more parents are engaged in their children’s education and policy makers around the country are working hard to improve equity, the teaching profession and how we use data to improve outcomes.
With my first day behind me, I look forward to the days to come and working with our current clients, as well as new clients, in moving high-quality learning systems forward through better communications, collaboration and engagement. I’ll be bringing with me the skills I’ve learned in my previous roles, including my political and policy expertise and experience as a Senior Digital Strategist at the White House.