Optoro is made up of a diverse collection of individuals who have come together to achieve a single mission–to transform the reverse logistics industry by finding homes for used and excess goods. We like to highlight that diversity with our Employee Spotlight blog series, during which we sit down with an employee every month to hear a little bit about the people who make the Optoro culture so distinctive.

How would you describe yourself in 10 keywords or fewer?
Inquisitive, analytical, animal-loving, grateful, caring, cautious, and quirky.

What is your role at Optoro, and what do you do?
I’m a Senior Data Analyst at Optoro and I support the Recommerce team. In this role, I leverage a variety of data sources and analytical techniques to provide insights on Optoro’s remarketing channels, BLINQ.com and BULQ.com. Then I use those insights to drive product improvements.

What did you do before Optoro, and why did you choose to work at Optoro?
Prior to Optoro, I was a student at Brown University where I studied Medieval History. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do upon graduating, but Optoro was hiring for a Rotational Associate position, which interested me because it enabled me to try out different roles before specializing in one particular area. There was so much emphasis on learning and growth during my interview process and I was inspired by how excited everyone was about the direction of the company.

What is the most important thing you have learned since starting at Optoro?
Optoro has taught me about the importance of collaboration. As a Rotational Associate, I worked on many different teams before landing in analytics (Corporate Marketing, Sustainability, Talent & Culture, Business Operations, and eCommerce Marketing). These diverse roles gave me an appreciation for the nuances of various business functions and instilled in me the importance of asking questions. Especially in a data-oriented role, there are always potential consequences to consider and additional factors that can skew results. My work is better and more thorough when I check my approach and conclusions with people who have different areas of knowledge and different points of view.  

What is the best part of working at Optoro?
The people here are the absolute best! Everyone I work with is motivated, kind, helpful, and funny. I love the feeling of camaraderie at Optoro and appreciate that everyone is so supportive.

What would you most likely be doing on a normal Saturday afternoon in your free time?
Recently, my weekends usually consist of the following: walking throughout DC / Rock Creek, virtually catching up with friends, and relaxing on the couch with my cats. I also started playing the piano again and have been loving that!