President and CEO
Hey! Great to meet you. I'm a language learner myself.
For the past fifteen years, I've been studying Spanish, Chinese and English and have reached near-native (C2) levels in all three.
I originally learned Spanish by starting an intercambio, or language exchange, with my best friend in high school. Since then, I've started wildly popular language exchanges at my alma mater, Dartmouth college, and my former employer, Google. I'm a voracious consumer of everything language learning: podcasts, books, software, meetups, and more.
Before Speechling, I founded a website for helping people become doctors, which was bought by one of the largest healthcare education research groups in the United States. And before that, I was honing my language, engineering and app development skills at Dartmouth College.
Speak languages better.
When I'm not making Speechling, I'm known to consume copious amounts of Al Pastor tacos from taquerias in the Mission district of San Francisco.
Director of Growth/Brand Management
Make Speechling grow.
A lifelong learner and a lover of languages, being part of the Speechling team is an exciting new venture for me. Born in Germany and raised in the States, I grew up speaking English and German. In 2017, I found myself perpetually ensconced by the Montreal faction of the swing-dancing community, and decided it was time to add French to that list.
A month into that frustrating endeavor, I stalked unannounced into my mother’s house and wailed, “Mom! I have no words, no sounds, no syntax, no phrases, no rhythm, no melody! It is like I am wandering around a library, but all the books are blank!” To which my polyglot mother placidly observed, “Oh, it’s almost like you’re learning a foreign language, or something.” You can see why I might turn to online groups like Speechling for sympathy and encouragement.
As I continue to throw myself into French, I am excited to contribute to Speechling and to help the community grow.