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10-second bio: Meet Alida Nattress, Academic Affairs award-winning cook

Alida Nattress

Name: Alida Nattress

Title: Executive Assistant to the Vice Provost

Department/unit: Academic Affairs/Academic Planning, Programs and Coordination

Location: 11th floor, Franklin building

When I started working at UCOP: July 2011

What I do for UCOP in five words or less: Finances, assisting, scheduling, liaison, projects.

The best part about working for OP: The diversity of people, their skill sets, ideas, and the amazing amount of energy colleagues tirelessly possess.

Something you don’t know about me: I have won multiple awards for cooking and recipe competitions and brew-master competitions with my son and also collect fabulous wines. I spend the balance of my free time doing charity work, including developing education and medical programs in developing countries.

One weird fact about the town I grew up in: I was born and raised in Albany, New York. First settled in 1614, Albany is one of the oldest surviving settlements of the original 13 English colonies and the longest continuously chartered city in the nation. It is also home to the first passenger railroad in America, and everything you experience there reflects this rich history. My family home is near the infamous Sleepy Hollow, which inspired Washington Irving’s headless horseman story.

If I could have any job in the world (besides the one I have now), I would: Be chef and owner of my own restaurant.

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