There’s a new Office Manager in town, and her name is Ashlee Christensen. We know and love her, and it’s time you all do too! So, check out our Q&A blog below to learn what brought her to Alloy 26 and Faros Properties.
Welcome to the fam Ashlee!
Q: Tell me how you first got involved with Faros Properties.
I actually first got involved with Faros Properties when I worked for La Prima Espresso Co. I managed their CMU location, but I worked at the Nova Place location a few times to help cover some shifts and special events, so I was able to see the change from old Allegheny Center Mall to Nova Place firsthand. After moving to Troy Hill, I started following Faros Properties more closely because a lot of the work they’ve been doing directly (and positively) impacts my neighborhood.
Q: What was your first impression of the projects going on at Nova Place, specifically Alloy 26?
Before learning about Alloy 26, I wasn’t very familiar with the concept of coworking. After learning more, I remember thinking that it makes the idea of business ownership much more accessible to someone just starting, and that it’s great for writers. I was able to tour the space briefly before it opened and definitely thought to myself that Alloy 26 would be a cool place to work, so that worked out nicely!
Q: What do you want other people to know about Alloy 26 and Nova Place?
Being situated between the North Shore and the historic neighborhoods of the Northside (Deustchtown, Troy Hill, Spring Garden, etc.), in such close proximity to downtown, gives Nova Place the unique privilege and challenge of connecting three very different parts of Pittsburgh. From what I’ve seen, everyone at Nova Place is taking on this challenge with the mindfulness and care necessary when breathing life back into a space. Alloy 26 is doing a lot to participate in the community as well, from our fellowship desk opportunities to holding events that are open to the public, and everything that falls in between.
Q: Tell me about someone who has influenced your decision to work in office management.
I worked in a campaign office a few years ago in Chicago, and our Campaign Manager, Nicole Reyes (Davenport), was (and still is) an office management rockstar. She showed me the joys of having organized systems in place for everything, from emails to onboarding new employees. We often worked 80-90 hours a week, and she maintained a welcoming and positive environment in our office in spite of a demanding position. Seeing the way she was able to impact other people daily in such a positive way makes her my main influence in my decision to work in office management.
Q: What do you do when you aren’t working?
When I’m not working, I’m not terribly interesting. I’m usually trying to find time to go to a yoga class or my boyfriend and I spend too much time deciding what to eat for dinner. My cat George plays fetch exclusively with pop bottle tops, so sometimes I’m doing that. I moonlight as a writer, so I’m preparing for a monthly column I’ll have in January that I’m pretty excited about. Lately, I’ve been trying to figure out why the stuff I put in my composter isn’t heating up the way it should.
Q: What’s the one thing about you few people know?
I participated in a Miss Mundelein pageant (Mundelein is the town in IL that I grew up in) before my freshman year of college, because one of my friends convinced me to participate with her, and I won Miss Congeniality. Definitely didn’t make it into the top 5 though. It was an experience, to say the least.
Q: What are the major rewards of being a part of the Nova Place fam?
There are so many rewards! This is going to sound lame, but I think the biggest reward is getting to be part of all the great things happening on the Northside. I really mean it!