Victoria Canavor

Director, The Baker Center for Leadership & Governance


Victoria Canavor has 15 years of experience working across sectors and industries. Most recently, Victoria served as Senior Advisor to the President and CEO of TechnoServe, an international economic development organization dedicated to finding business solutions to poverty. Previously, Victoria worked as a management consultant with Deloitte Consulting and at the National Democratic Institute, and started her career at the political research firm Greenberg Quinlan Rosner. Victoria has degrees from Tufts University and Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.


 

— Get to Know Victoria Canavor! —

What do you like to do when you’re away from the Hilltop? Do you have any hobbies?
Impromptu dance parties with my children. They have two songs on constant repeat — Let It Go and the Fight Song. We’re working on that.

Name one thing most people don’t know about you.
I lived briefly in Micronesia when I was little. I’m pretty sure that that experience is what gave me the travel bug.

What’s your favorite part of your job?
So many things I enjoy — being part of a small and entrepreneurial team building a new center, engaging with incredible people from across Georgetown, and playing our own small role in cultivating the skills of smart and talented students.

What is the best career advice you’ve ever received?
Don’t be concerned first with job title or status. Pursue opportunities you’re truly excited about, and be open to where the possibilities lead. That will take you to unexpected (and better) places.

Where is your favorite place in the world?
I’d have to say Paris, where I lived during college, and the coast of Oregon near Cannon Beach, one of the most serene places you can go.

Books I highly recommend…
Recent books I’ve read and loved: the four Neapolitan novels by Elena Ferrante, Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home.

What are you currently watching on Netflix?
We’ve been mixing it up between The Bureau and Mozart in the Jungle. Two very different shows.

What was your childhood nickname?
I had more than one, including Vicki, VC, and Vix. The one that stuck is Vic.

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