Ode to a Great Pivoteer
by Monica Santi
Today marks a sad day at Pivot. It is Chelsea Radich’s last day as a Pivot employee. Chelsea has been with Pivot for a while; in fact, she is known as Pivot’s #1 employee. Shortly after founding Pivot, Dave Nieuwstraten hired a few current Pivoteers like Erik Doescher, Abby Lambert and me to do contract work, but Chelsea holds the distinction of being the first official employee.
Since joining Pivot more than seven years ago, Chelsea has gone from project manager to becoming Pivot’s Research Manager. In that capacity, she has competently managed hundreds of research projects for clients across the United States. Chelsea’s commitment to managing projects was legendary: she often worked extra hours in the evenings and on weekends to make sure client deadlines were met.
Chelsea will leave an indelible mark on Pivot, not only for her professional contributions, but for the fun she brought to Pivot. Chelsea started Pivot’s salad club and organized the company’s first Hood to Coast team. She’s a crackerjack at games, and you knew you were lucky if she ended up on your team. Her sharp sense of humor and easygoing nature made Pivot a better place to work.
Someone once said, all good things must come to an end, but that doesn’t mean Chelsea’s departure is a bad thing. Chelsea is off to start a great job with the City of Happy Valley.* Pivot’s research team will carry on with the help of new Research Manager, Katie Goodell, another long-time Pivoteer. That said, I can’t help but feel sad today. I will miss Chelsea.
* How could it not be great? The city is called HAPPY Valley.