Where Are They Now? Anastasia Nicolaou '12

August 18, 2015

Anastasia Nicalou

Anastasia works as the Special Projects and Scheduling Assistant at the Barbara Lee Family Foundation and Barbara Lee Political Offices.

What did you study at Simmons? 

I was an economics and political science double major and a public policy minor. 

What is a typical day like at your job?

All I can guarantee about a day in my job is that Outlook Calendar will be compulsively checked. I handle timeline management, background research, consultant coordination, the Executive Director’s schedule, handle complex internal and external office dynamics, and anything else as needed (that’s the special projects part). Barbara Lee’s mission and work is high impact, and we shift gears from internal meetings to events with power brokers and elected officials on a regular basis. We’re always ready for anything.

What was the job application process like for you?

Out of college? Terrifying. I got a call from Tom Reece, fmr. Director of Constituent Services for Governor Patrick, the day before I graduated. It was great to know my hard work and internships had paid off and gotten the right attention.

My current office was much more traditional. I heard about the position opening through a colleague and dear friend and thought, “Why not?” I’m incredibly lucky to have made it through the interview process. This team is fantastic.

What is your favorite part of your job?

The variety. I love that I work on so many different kinds of projects, but that they are all unified through Barbara’s vision for women. I’ve gotten to experience so much in such a short time.

How did you know the organization was a good fit for you?

I have never worked for someone I didn’t believe in. I love that I get to say that. When I worked in the Governor’s office, I was 100% behind his mission to make the Commonwealth a better place. It’s the same with Barbara’s office. Everyone here is committed to equal representation in politics, to promoting women in the arts and to creating a better future for the next generation.

If you could come back and take one class at Simmons what would it be?

International Monetary Systems. During undergrad, I avoided it and focused on classes related to U.S./domestic economics. It’s notoriously difficult, but Professor Sohrabji rocks, so it can’t be that bad.

How has it been transitioning into a young professional?

I’ve had the best mentors a person could ask for. Adrienne Kimmell, Executive Director of the Foundation/ Political Offices, is such a great example of a strong woman who nails life on a regular basis. She encourages communication and empowers all of our team to ask questions and take action in a free flowing environment while never losing sight of our mission.

My former boss, Tom, is now one of my greatest friends in Boston. I never shy away from calling him for advice. He was a model of what everyone’s first boss should be. He expected a lot of our team, but always there to guide us.

Make friends with your co-workers. It makes the transition so much easier.

How did Simmons help prepare you for your career?

The Simmons Economics Department annual alumni dinner is the thing I can point to as having the greatest impact on my career. Not just because you’re in a room with strong women who want to help, but because it prepared you for the busy and crazy world of networking. I went all four years, and I have returned for the past three as an alumna. It’s a fantastic event.

Where do you see yourself in ten years?

You know the Boston Magazine Power Issue?

What's your Simmons Moment?

When I showed up to my graduation and got to tell my professors I (finally) had a job -- a career track job. They were as happy for me as my family was. It was amazing.