Web Exclusive Video: Alex Priest, BSBA/BA ’11
Social media is more than just a professional responsibility for Alex Priest.
He’s the Community Manager at Uber DC, an on-demand car service operating through the mobile web. With close to 7,000 of his own Twitter followers, Priest has established himself as an authority in local social media and technology communities.
A dual degree alumnus (he received a BS in Business Administration and a BA in Public Communications in 2011), he draws daily on the diverse skill set he acquired at American University.
“AU provided an environment where if I could find the time to do [activities outside the classroom] and it made sense in terms of my goals, I should do it,” he said. “So I did.”
In 2010, Priest founded one of the fastest-growing student organizations on campus, the AU Social Media Club (AU-SMCEDU), one of the first active university chapters in the country.
He also studied abroad in Copenhagen and interned for Senator Harry Reid (D-NV), the American Legacy Foundation, MS&L PR, and the Consumer Electronics Association. And he did freelance consulting work while a student for the United States Institute of Peace and TechChange, the institute for technology and social change.
“Coming out of school with all of these practical, real world experiences has been invaluable in my first job and now in my current position at Uber,” he said. “Everything I did has played a huge role in helping me be as successful as I am.”
Follow Alex on Twitter at @AlexPriest.