What do you do at the Open Society Foundations?
I am deputy director of the Open Society European Policy Institute (OSEPI), the part of Open Society that focuses on the European Union. I work with the team in Brussels, and colleagues throughout the network, to develop policy recommendations for EU officials and leaders with the goal of improving how the EU protects and supports open society inside and outside its borders.
How long have you worked here?
Since March 2010.
Why did you want to work at here?
Three reasons: I was impressed by the professionalism of the staff at OSEPI. I felt that the range of open society issues they were able to advocate for in and beyond Europe—using the full range of the European Union’s commitments and instruments for improved social justice, rule of law, and equality—were far beyond the scope of other organizations in Brussels. And I recognized that the ethos and the approach to innovation and risk-taking were unique among similar public-interest foundations and NGOs.
What would people be surprised to learn about the Open Society Foundations?
The level and detail to which George Soros engages with the organization on various issues.
What advice would you give to someone considering applying for a job here?
Talk to as many staff as possible. This organization is far from a homogenous block. There are so many interesting initiatives, entities, programs, and people, it’s important to understand not just the part of Open Society that interests you, but to also to get a sense of the organizational culture and context in which that issue sits.
How do you get to work?
By the seat of my pants (on a bicycle).