Hello and thanks for reading our inaugural blog post!
My name is Paul Coebergh, and I am part of a new team working on Microsoft’s involvement in the greater Boston tech community. Let me start off by introducing my fellow team members and future co-bloggers…
Sara Spalding is the Senior Director of our campus and a 15-year Microsoft veteran. Prior to leading Microsoft’s efforts in Cambridge, Sara was the Product Unit Manager for MSDN; she also worked on the .NET Framework and IE4. Sara holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Math from the University of Puget Sound, and lives outside of Boston with her husband, daughter, and dog.
Gus Weber is the Business Development and Community Relations Manager where his primary responsibilities are to work with the greater Boston tech community, and the Cambridge community. Gus is a student at heart, and spent his first 3 years at Microsoft in the Academic Evangelism team working with students and faculty across the Northeast US. Gus is an alumnus of RIT and come June, will reside in Clinton, MA with his wife, son and their 2 Welsh Corgi dogs.
Leah Brunson is the Marketing Manager for our campus. Her primary responsibility is to manage the newly designed Conference Center and develop internal marketing initiatives to generate employee engagement. Leah is a new member to the Microsoft community, joining our team in May 2009. Prior to Microsoft, Leah worked in the retail industry where she led a variety of corporate brand and CSR initiatives. Leah is a graduate of Simmons College, holding a dual degree in English and Marketing. When she’s not planning an event, Leah enjoys volunteering in her local community and travelling.
My role as Senior Marketing Manager is to help promote our efforts broadly to the local tech community. I spent the past 6 years in Redmond working in a variety of Product Management roles, most recently on the Office team. I am excited to be back in Boston where I grew up and attended Babson College as well as Boston University’s MBA program.
Our hope is that this new blog can serve as a vibrant place for discussion. Let us know what’s on your mind, and what Microsoft can do to help the local tech industry in terms of events, community involvement and other initiatives.
P.S. we are now also live on Twitter.