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Jonathan chose a consulting role at Blue Beyond as his first “real” post-college job and we’re glad he did! He brings creative energy as well as stellar communication and project management skills to our team.

In his past experience with Optimir Consulting, a small student-led growth strategy firm at UC Berkeley, Jonathan gained hands-on industry expertise managing internal team changes and leading the restructuring of the organization’s recruitment and onboarding processes. As a result of his efforts, member engagement improved and he took on the role of president. 

While working at Optimir, Jonathan managed client relationships, developed growth strategies for a variety of projects in different industries, and learned how to adapt to the varying needs of diverse clients – all skills that prepared him well for his current role at Blue Beyond.

Jonathan is most complimented on his dedication and drive to seeing projects through to their intended outcome. He’s a strong believer in giving 100% and finishing what you start — even if that means asking for help along the way. Jonathan holds a B.S. in Environmental Economics & Policy from UC Berkeley.

What skills and expertise do you bring to the team?

My skills in communication, data analytics, Adobe Photoshop/Illustrator, and creative thought. Given my vast amount of club involvement and work experience throughout college, I have adopted the communication skills necessary to both make sure I ask all the right questions about a task and make sure that those I am speaking with are able to follow along with what I am saying. As for my analytical skills, I have a fairly technical background with a lot of exposure to quantitative data and econometric tools (i.e SQL, Python) to sift through that data. The rest of my skills all come from my experience as a photographer where I am challenged every day to think creatively and work with the Adobe suite.

What do you find most rewarding about your work?

Apart from the work itself, it’s the opportunity to work with such a high quality of talent. I am starting my career and eager to learn a lot. The team members at Blue Beyond are nothing but supportive and helpful. Additionally, I am excited to work with leadership teams at companies and institutions where I am constantly challenged to push my own limits. It’s rewarding to be able to make a positive impact around such amazing talent.

What is your favorite time of the year? Why?

My favorite time of the year is the winter. I am originally from New York so I have always loved the way that New York dresses up for the holidays (both literally and metaphorically). I love seeing everyone all cozied up in wool coats, scarves, hats, mittens, and more. I also love walking around and seeing the tree lit up at Rockefeller Center, the windows decorated at the Saks and Macys, the massive LED bow that Cartier wraps the store in, and the giant star that hangs above 5th Avenue. One of my favorite winter activities has always been to bundle up, get a cup of hot cocoa, and walk around the winter village at Bryant Park popping in and out of each of the little kiosk shops set up for the season.

What does "team" mean to you?

“Team” means that no matter where you are or what you are doing, you are never alone. A team is a judgment-free support system. I believe it is important to create a team that is there for one another and makes sure that no one person is taking on the burden of anything alone.

Who or what matters most to you?

My family matters the most to me. I love being home for major holidays and connecting with my family on a daily basis via phone or video-chat when we cannot be in the same place together. I am a strong believer in remembering who you are by remembering where you came from and family is crucial to that.

What's your favorite place?

Hands down, without a pause, Paris is my favorite place. I was there once for a week and I felt a big connection to Paris. There is a quality of life that I have not found replicated anywhere else. I know it is something so simple but even the fact that Parisians do not go out to dinner until after 7 o’clock so that they can linger, enjoy the food, and stay with good company all evening long is amazing. I felt a greater appreciation for life and a strong desire to savor every moment. My favorite memory in Paris was one day when I was walking along the Siene, a musician started playing Jazz music. All of the sudden, everyone walking by started to grab a partner and dance. Time seemed to freeze in Paris.

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