Trae Stephens (SFS’06)

Trae Stephens (SFS’06) is a partner at Founders Fund, a venture capital firm in San Francisco. He was interested in working in national security and wanted to learn Arabic, so Georgetown was a “natural choice.” Recalling late nights in his dorm discussing foreign policy, Stephens valued going to a school with “like-minded people” who cared about issues impacting the world. Stephens started his career in the intelligence community, which he described as a “formative” experience that helped him learn what he liked and disliked in a career. He thinks that seniors are often too focused on landing the “perfect” job once they graduate. “I think that’s just the wrong way to think about it,” he said. “We should be preparing students to understand that this is an iterative process.”