Meet Jeanette, StoryCorps'

About me: 

I’m a born and raised New Yorker from the Bronx. Outside of StoryCorps, I like to bake, travel, listen to music, and try new things. My happy place is the beach on a sunny day. I’m an advocate for self-care and mental health.

What is your role and how long have you been at StoryCorps?

My role is executive assistant and I’ve been here for four years.

What does your job entail?
My job (along with Director of the Executive Office and Board Liaison Kathrina Proscia) is to make sure that our Founder and President Dave Isay, along with CEO Sandra Clark, are set-up for success. We organize their work life so they can do the important work that they need to do, which is to further StoryCorps’ mission and reach.

A lot of my job is behind-the-scenes to make the impossible possible and my job requires me to think ahead and be solutions-oriented.

What are the rewards of your job?

For me, work/life balance is a real plus and I think I have that much more than people in related fields. I also love working with incredible humans that I respect and admire and who feel the same way about me as I do about them. I also like that there is never a dull day — it keeps me on my toes!

What are the challenges of your job?

Managing two important people’s calendars is challenging and so is figuring out what to prioritize when everything is a priority. People may not realize that preparing for our Board meetings takes a lot of work—we start planning each meeting at least two months beforehand.

Why should everyone record a conversation with StoryCorps?

Stories are a part of our legacy. We all have one and they all matter. In my culture (as a Latina from the South Bronx), our stories are passed down orally but never recorded. It’s so special to have someone’s voice preserved for posterity.

What is your favorite StoryCorps story?

My three favorite stories are about the relationship between parents and kids. These stories all speak to unconditional love and each one of them is heartwarming. They also remind me of my mom, who I wouldn’t trade for the world:

A Very Good Choice

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