PRODUCT MANAGER

After studying Computer Science and Cognitive Science at Northwestern University, I decided that Product Management was the best way to tie together my interests in technology and human behavior.

In my 8 years as a product manager, I have launched and grown consumer and enterprise products across web, mobile and back-end platforms. I love the diversity of the people and problems I get to work with as a PM, but most of all I love working closely with customers, understanding the problems they face and designing products that solve them.

 

General Assembly (Senior Product Manager)

  • I built, launched and scaled a candidate matching platform that reduced operational overhead and improved job placement rates for our graduates.
  • I managed online learning at GA, running a large team of content developers, multimedia producers, engineers and designers, developing both the online learning platform and multiple courses that were launched on top of it.

Voxy (Director of Product Management)

Knewton (Product Manager)

  • I managed a large team - engineers, designers, content creators, sales and support - and ran the Math Readiness product, a first-to-market adaptive math course that drove improved classroom engagement and completion rates for thousands of students.
  • I worked with a team of designers, engineers and data scientists to design and build Knewton Analytics, a back-end platform and UI that integrated with partner products to receive student performance data via API and deliver analysis directly to instructors.

LanguageMate (Product Manager)

  • I defined the Product Management organization from the ground-up, moving away from heavy documentation and towards a user-centered, lean product development process.
  • I designed and launched a first-to-market hospital communication product that allowed patients to communicate with nurses remotely using an icon-driven touch interface and enabling nurses to intelligently route and respond to these requests.
  • I led a team of engineers, designers and content developers through a complete redesign of our language learning product and led sales, implementation and support once the product was relaunched.

Phreesia (Associate Product Manager)

  • I started and ran our user testing and customer feedback programs, creating a more user-focused product development process.

FILMMAKER

Though I still have a lot to learn, I'm primarily interested in making documentary film about cultural artifacts - food, music, stories - and how they are preserved or forgotten with time.

 

Songs of Our Grandmothers

My most recent project explores the role that music played in the lives of six elderly immigrants from the former Soviet Union. The film was funded by the UJA-Federation of New York and Genesis Philanthropy group, as part of the COJECO Blueprint Fellowship. As the next step, I plan to broaden the scope and interview elderly immigrants from a variety of backgrounds.

 

 

One Last Poem

A short film about my grandmother, who suffers from dementia, and the last poem she remembers. 

 

Awake

A short sci-fi film I made with a friend about a future where people no longer sleep. 

EXPLORER

I have learned more from travel than any other experience in my life. It's the one thing I cannot live without.

 

  • I was born in Moscow, Russia and moved to the United States when I was 9 (Alabama to be exact). I speak fluent Russian.

 

  • At the age of 14, I spent a summer with my family in Erlangen, Germany, though I didn't actually learn any German.

 

  • During college I spent a semester abroad in Edinburgh, Scotland, studying Informatics at the University of Edinburgh. My understanding of the Highland Accent improved slightly.

 

  • After Edinburgh, I spent a month in Marseilles, France. I picked up some basic French and an advanced appreciation for soccer.

 

  • After graduating from college, I spent two years teaching English at several junior-high schools in Tottori, Japan through the JET Programme. I picked up decent conversational Japanese.

 

  • In 2016 I spent 3 months doing volunteer farming all over Japan through WWOOF. I now know how to raise chickens, plow a field and harvest buckwheat by hand. I wrote about my experience here.