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Elena McGahey

Director of Zinc Stronger Foundations

Elena is a graduate of Columbia University, where she majored in American Studies and minored in Statistics, and was the captain of the women’s rowing team. After graduating, Elena spent a year in investment banking before she began working in education as a tutor. She went on to earn an ADHD Coach certificate from JST Coaching and Training and an ACC Life Coach certification from the International Coach Federation. Outside of Zinc, Elena coaches rowing and serves as a Grove Director at camp Songadeewin of Keewaydin.

…my favorite book

Love in the Time of Cholera, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

…a favorite place I’ve visited

Kathmandu, Nepal, which I was inspired to visit after reading Jon Krakauer’s book Into Thin Air. The city is alive in a way I’d never experienced, and the people there are unusually warm and generous.

…eight people living or dead I’d invite to my ideal dinner party

Margaret Mead, Jane Addams, Rosa Parks, my great-grandfather Edward Robbins (a psychiatrist at the turn of the 20th century), Tina Fey, Robin Williams, Carol King, and my parents

…something I can’t stop thinking about

Finding a good hot yoga studio in Manhattan! Let me know if you have any recommendations