Meet Andrew & Katherine
EMH recently hired two new consultants through the Venture for America program, a two-year fellowship with the aim of revitalizing American cities and communities through entrepreneurship. Katherine and Andrew are excited to work with EMH clients and get to know New Orleans community.
What is your hometown?
Andrew: This has always been a tough question for me to answer: I was born in and lived in the Bay Area of California until middle school, at which point my parents made the brilliant decision to move us to New Jersey where I stayed until I left for college. I’ve only recently forgiven them for that.
Katherine: I’m from Snohomish, WA, the antique capital of the Pacific Northwest. It is an open and active community and was a wonderful place to grow up. The best way to see the farms and fields of the Snohomish River Valley is from a hot air balloon.
What are your hobbies?
Andrew: Reading, going on runs through the city, and playing music take up most of my “free” time. I actually just accepted a substitute position as second flute with the Louisiana Philharmonic so this particular “hobby” is about to become a significant part of my life here in New Orleans!
Katherine: I love to explore and discover new activities in each place I live, so I spend my weekends finding farmer’s markets, trying restaurants, and looking for non-profits to volunteer with. When I am not going on urban adventures or working, I enjoy baking, photography, and design.
What are your areas of interest?
Andrew: Startups, Big Data Analytics, Process Improvement
Katherine: Non-profits, the Hospitality Industry, Social Change, Strategy
What is your favorite thing in New Orleans so far?
Andrew: While there are so many incredible things about this place, ranging from it’s incredible breadth in terms of architectural design to the nearly constant stream of public events, I think that the most inspiring aspect of the city to me is the closeness of its’ communities. The entrepreneurial community, for example, meets frequently and in a variety of settings to share ideas, successes, and struggles. I’ve never seen anything like this and I’m excited to be a part of the environment!
Katherine: Everyone is so friendly! Whether I am at an entrepreneurship event or happy hour, new people are always willing to connect and share their experiences. There is a sense of openness and support that I have not experienced in other cities I’ve lived in. I also love that people are up for anything, even unique activities like ostrich racing or dancing in candlelit piano bars.
What is on your New Orleans bucket list?
Andrew: Without a doubt, the top of this list for me is to go on a Riverboat ride. The idea of getting dressed up and going for a bayou-style dinner cruise seems to be the epitome of a southern social experience.
Katherine: I have lots of ways I want to explore, but a few of the things at the top of my list are going on a swamp tour, visiting a plantation, and becoming a local coffee shop expert.
To learn more about Andrew and Katherine, check out their bios.