About Me
 

 

 About me: 

I was born in Gorky, Russia and lived in Yaroslavl, Russia, until I was 5.  My family immigrated to America, and I've been an American citizen for about 10 years.  I still speak fluent Russian (thanks to my parents.)  I grew up in the Harrisburg area and went through thoughts of being a geneticist, writer, graphic designer, and chemist, before I decided to become an economist in high school.

The pivotal point of my decision was when I went back to Russia four years ago to visit my aunt in Yaroslavl and was even more shocked than I thought I would be by the abject poverty and desperation of the people.  I decided then that all of my career moves would lead to learning how to make an economic difference for people.

Another pivotal moment for me was discovering my Jewish roots and going to Israel.  While there, I felt immediately at home and decided I would do everything in my power to become involved in Israel activism.  Since then, I have become almost fluent in Hebrew and I spent last summer interning at Bank HaPoalim, the biggest bank in Israel. My proudest achievement was giving blood during the Israel-Lebanon conflict.  I hope to become a dual Israeli-American citizen sometime in the near future.