New York

Media Marketer-Musician I Tom Sikes I ’11

It’s easy to think of your first job as a tradeoff between money and passion. Either sell out for something stable and secure or eke out a meager existence doing what you love. We tell ourselves that work is supposed to be a grind—that a lucky few are blessed… Continue reading »

Gospel Singer I David Bass I ’77

 “Next on stage — Mr. Dave Bass.” In the corner of the crowded bar, Bass took a deep breath and pushed his way to the stage. On the surface, this was an ordinary event — a midweek open mic night at the Peppermint Lounge, a dive bar a few… Continue reading »

Sports Executive I Will Kuntz I ’06

The Williams alumni network is an amazing thing. Just ask Will Kuntz ’06. Kuntz, an avid sports fan, spent all his undergraduate summers working for the New York Yankees. After graduation he joined the Yankees full time, working his way up to director of pro scouting or “Yankees’ Whiz Kid,”… Continue reading »

Political Campaigner | Dave Marsh | ’12

During his first summer after graduation, while canvassing door-to-door for President Obama’s campaign in Colorado, Dave Marsh ’12  encountered a man who demanded to know the purpose of his visit. When Marsh told him, the man promptly reached back and pulled out a large handgun, cocked it, and… Continue reading »

School Principal | Kim Dacres | ’08

Kim Dacres, the principal of New York’s Harlem Prep Middle School, doesn’t fit the traditional mold. Growing up, Dacres remembers all of her principals as old white men. She’s a 28-year-old African-American from the Bronx. Her leadership style is also unique. Rather than hide away in an office,… Continue reading »

Line Cook | Payson Cushman | ’05

Line Cook Momofuku Ssäm New York, NY   At the time of this interview, Payson Cushman was a line cook at Momofuku Ssäm in New York City. He is now at Craft (, also in New York City. What… Continue reading »