From the Editor: Twice As Nice
Outdoor photo shoots are tricky no matter what time of year they take place. The natural elements—too much sun, too little sun, the possibility of rain—are all uncontrollable X-factors that plague the lives of art directors, photographers and editors. But an early morning photo shoot, on the beach, in December is just plain crazy.
Thankfully Michael Chambers is a good-natured guy. The day we shot the director of the Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Agency it was a balmy sixteen degrees at Tod’s Point. Yet Chambers took it all in stride and didn’t complain once during the two-hour shoot (at least about the weather—he’s more than a bit camera shy). It stands to reason that his affable demeanor serves him well in a role that’s focused on reducing the environmental impact of development in a town where development tends to take center stage.
Chambers, a Greenwich High School grad, grew up in Wilbur Peck and credits his family and extended family with his success. And though
this thirty-something’s professional accomplishments are impressive, what truly sets him apart is his commitment to give back to the community that nurtured him as a boy and recognized him as a man. GEMS, Audubon Society, Community Centers, and AmeriKids
are just a few of the organizations that fill his free time. In An Inspiring Journey (page 50), writer Jill Johnson sits down with Chambers and explores the two sides of this fascinating personality.
In this issue we’re also excited to feature another young Greenwich High grad who’s making her mark. As a member of President Obama’s senior staff, Jen Psaki is quickly climbing the political ladder. In Meeting the Press (page 60) the deputy communications director discusses what it’s like to live on the campaign trail, deal with bureaucratic backbiting and work down the hall from the leader of the free world.
From waterways to the Beltway, these two up-and-comers are making a serious impression—and we’ve got a funny feeling they’re just getting started.