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  • Alumna Makes Fine Art Accessible and Affordable

    Alumna Tara Reed '09 is gaining national notice after the successful launch of her phone app that works as a virtual personal shopper helping art lover’s without an expert eye find affordable collector's pieces to decorate their homes or offices.
    Kollecto, Reed's startup, promises to deliver a weekly, online handpicked selection of works by established and emerging artists based on the customer’s tastes and budget.
    Tara’s effort was recently featured in an Entrepreneur.com story.  Her inspiration came after a recent move to Seattle.
    “I’d started to get interested in fine art, and it struck me how annoying and labor-intensive it would be to find art I liked for my new place,” she told Entrepreneur.com. “For food, music, fashion, movies, I could just tap an app and get a personal recommendation. But the fine-art world hadn’t caught up to that.”
    The magazine was especially impressed that Tara built her site despite having only a limited knowledge of computer code. Kollecto’s success led to a TEDx talk on helping other entrepreneurs build apps without code.
    “A lot of people get stuck trying to build the perfect thing, but being scrappy and not coding a full app meant I could move faster, and I wasn’t afraid to make changes,” she told Entrepreneur.com. “When people ask me for advice, I tell them: Get going. Chances are, you’ll have something wrong, but you won’t know until you test those assumptions with actions.”
    Which is no surprise to anyone who knows Tara. While at Parker, she was engaged in a number of activities, from food drives to theatre, dance, and cheer. She also excelled in several AP courses and was described as a brilliant student.
    She is now an Entrepreneur-in-Residence with the coding startup Grand Circus. Tara is concentrating on increasing the number of African-Americans and Latinos working in technical software roles.
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  • Parker Alumna Joins White House Intern Staff

    Parker alumna and Yale University graduate student Emily Wier has been selected as a White House Intern.

    Wier, Parker Class of 2006, is a first year master’s candidate at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies studying cities and climate change.

    "Even among a group of outstanding classmates, Emily was an excellent student," said Rose Hanscom, who was Ms. Wier's science teacher. "We are all very proud of her accomplishments. She is certainly poised to fulfill Parker's mission of making a meaning difference in the world."

    Interns are chosen through a highly competitive process that must detail a track record of leadership in the community and a commitment to the Obama Administration mission.

    Interns work in one of several White House departments, including the Domestic Policy Council, the National Economic Council, the Office of Digital Strategy, the Office of Legislative Affairs, the Office of Political Strategy and Outreach, and the Office of the White House Counsel.

    Assignments on any given day could include conducting research, managing incoming inquiries, attending meetings, writing memos, and staffing events. “Most importantly,” states the program’s website, “the internship experience includes an emphasis on service and interns participate in regularly scheduled service projects at schools and non-profit organizations in Washington, D.C.”
    Wier's background includes engaging as an environmental advocate for climate action plans in both San Diego and New Haven, Connecticut; working as a biologist at Dudek, an environmental consulting firm; volunteering as a Steering Committee member for SanDiego350.org, a local grassroots climate change awareness organization; and serving as a member of the City of San Diego’s Sustainable Energy Advisory Board.

    Said Wier: “I have dedicated my life to fighting climate change. Bold policy interventions, technological change, and altered behavioral patterns will be needed to avoid the worst effects of climate change.

    In my career, I hope to change the way we think about these challenges and enable a transition to a just and stable future. My theory of change is that this process will need to be guided through actions of the Federal Government, and this internship has reinforced my belief in this theory of change. I am now even more committed to a career of public service, and to help implement solutions to environmental challenges.

    After graduating from Parker, Wier attended Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts,where she earned a bachelor’s degree in biology while immersing herself in various environmental causes that enabled her to research habitat conservation and environmental protection in New England, South America, and Africa.

    She has fond memories of her experiences at Parker, and recently visited the campus for her 10-year reunion.

    “My classmates at Parker were smart and determined,” she said. “The atmosphere created by students and faculty in upper school honed my desire to succeed, be ambitious, and motivated me to change the world for the better. Teachers believed in me, gave me opportunities to succeed, and challenged me to be the best I could be.”

    Wier’s internship runs through mid-August.
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Francis Parker School is an independent, coeducational, college preparatory day school for students in Junior Kindergarten through Grade 12 from across San Diego County. Founded in 1912, the Lower School resides on the Mission Hills Campus with the Upper and Middle Schools located on the Linda Vista Campus. Parker's mission is to inspire a diverse community of independent thinkers whose academic excellence, global perspective and strength of character prepare them to make a meaningful difference in the world.

Mission Hills Campus Lower School

4201 Randolph Street
San Diego, CA 92103

Linda Vista Campus Middle/Upper School

6501 Linda Vista Road
San Diego, CA 92111
858 / 569-7900