Changing the world one snap at a time: an alumna’s path to career success

Sofia Gross

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For UChicago alumna Sofia Gross, AB’15, success has come through knocking on doors.

Canvassing for local elections. Visiting professors during office hours. Pitching her supervisors on a brand new role. At every stage of her journey, Gross has been knocking on literal and metaphorical doors to unlock new opportunities.

What started as an intense curiosity about U.S. foreign policy led to Gross helping launch the Public Policy Team at Snap, the company behind Snapchat and Bitmoji. Recently, Forbes came knocking to name Gross to their 2020 “30 under 30 - Law & Policy” list in recognition for her get out the vote efforts at Snap during the U.S.midterm elections in 2018.

How does someone go from contemplating the ideal society in Sosc class to overseeing civic engagement for one of the world’s most popular social media platforms? For Gross, it began when she knocked on the door of the College Admissions office at UChicago.

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