Meet Diana, Gidsy’s Office Manager!

Today we’d like to introduce you to Diana, our Office Manager here at Gidsy and the newest addition to the team! Keep reading to learn more about Diana, her baking skillz, and her love for Berlin…

photo: Claudia Neuhaus | http://www.claudianeuhaus.com/

Tell us a bit about your background, and how you ended up at Gidsy!
I was born in Alaska, and my parents are from the Dominican Republic. I was an army brat, so I grew up all over the US. I went to Hampshire College in Massachusetts for Cultural Studies and Experimental Film, and one of my professors was always telling me to come to Berlin but I kept saying no. In 2000, my apartment burned down and I had nothing, so I just went for it and came to Berlin with him and a bunch of other students and I loved it. After going back to the US to finish my degree, and after about a year of hanging out in Los Angeles, I came back here in 2004 and have been here ever since. 

…anything can happen here. That’s the best part about Berlin. 

I was working for a number of artists, did some translations for art books, as well worked for a gallery for a number of years. After a while, I decided I wanted to do something else and a few friends told me I should check Gidsy out. I was pretty impressed and excited about it because it looked like a win-win-win scenario for everyone, and I was really excited to get involved. So, I applied for the job and here I am!

Tell us about your role at Gidsy. 
I’m the Office Manager, so I am kind of steering the ship here. I make sure everyone gets paid, things get done, everyone has something to eat. I’m also pretty new, so I’m still figuring out what my role is. 

What’s your favourite thing about working at Gidsy?
I feel like I get a lot done, and that everyone is really trusted here.

So, what do you do in your spare time? 
I like to dance and bake and sing karaoke. I’m also an artist and do this fun participatory art project, Politaoke, where I turn political speeches into karaoke. I toured it across the US during the 2008 election and am preparing to take it to Jerusalem this summer!

Turns out I cannot consume that much cheese in one evening, but I am always willing to take one for the team.

What’s your favourite Gidsy event you’ve attended so far?
The R. Kelly hip-hopera extravaganza was a blast! I also loved the Kässpatzen event. Turns out I cannot consume that much cheese in one evening, but I am always willing to take one for the team. There are 5 secrets to the perfect Kässpatzen, but you’ll have to go and find out for yourself…

What’s your favourite thing about Berlin? 
You can make it here. All you need is an idea, and if you have the energy to make it happen, anything can happen here. That’s the best part about Berlin. 

What’s something you’d love to see up on Gidsy?
Why is someone in NYC not doing a Seinfeld tour?! I won’t even take credit for this idea. 

So, you’re really into baking! What’s your favourite thing to bake?
Well, I started baking in college, and I used to trade pies for meals. I can bake a pretty wide range of things. I have a friend who bought me a Kitchen Aid mixer-type thing, and in exchange he gets 30 baked goods over the course of a year. The first thing I gave him were coconut-Pilsener cupcakes, with a lemon-lime glaze. 

What’s your favourite dessert? 
I’m going to go with the classic: Apple Pie. You can make it year round, and it will always taste good. 

What are you reading right now? 
I’m always kind of reading the 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene. It’s pretty interesting to read even though some of them are kind of evil. I also always have Kurt Vonnegut on rotation.