A FEW MINUTES WITH CORE INVESTMENTS INC.’S ORIANA GONZALEZ
Oriana Gonzalez is Administrative Lead of the Development Team at Core Investments. She has been with the company since Aug. 22 of this year.
What do you actually do for Core?
I do various things. I assist John and Michael with executive assistant type of duties. [John Cissel is Director of Development; Michael Cahill is Vice President of Development.] I also help the rest of the Development team when needed. The other part of what I do is of research, depending on what we’re working on. The most recent example was on renewable energy and battery systems.
What did you do before Core?
I graduated recently from UMass Boston in environmental studies and sustainability. I worked full time as an administrative assistant at an accounting and tax firm while going to school as well. I got a minor in business management.
And where did you grow up?
I was born and raised in Venezuela and moved to Boston when I was 17 years old. I moved here to learn English and go to college, and I loved Boston so much I ended up staying. I had one year of English school, and then started my college career. I first went to a community college, Quincy College, then transferred to Umass Boston.
What do you do to have fun and when you’re not working?
Recently I started swimming again. I did synchronized swimming in high school. I like reading, particularly history and biographies. I just finished reading “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” by Maya Angelou, and I’m currently reading “Persuasion,” by Jane Austen. I also like taking walks in nature, going hiking, things like that.
Where do you live now?
I live in Dorchester.
What’s a favorite place of yours in the Boston area?
It’s called Molinari’s pizza, in Dorchester. It’s an Italian Place. It’s super good.
Is there anything new in your life.
I recently started visiting cats and walking dogs in my free time. I love pets but am not allowed to have pets in my apartment. So that’s how I kind of make up for that, I guess. Haha.