New Faculty/Staff Q&A: Meet Irvin Bailey

To get to know our new faculty and staff a little better, we asked them to answer a few questions from the Proust Questionnaire — the famous set of questions that Vanity Fair asks celebrities on its back page. Today, we learn a little more about Young Alumni Leadership and Annual Giving Officer Irvin Bailey. 

What is your most marked characteristic? 

I’m a DIE-HARD Yankees fan who has lived in Boston his entire life. (I’m still a Bruins and Celtics fan, though.) 

What do you most value in your friends? 

“Everybody eats.” I didn’t grow up with much, so I always understood the need or want for food. In my group of friends, “Everybody eats” is a motto that we live and breathe. I am someone who will always share what I have, no matter what. My family/community will always be taken care of if I have anything to contribute. 

Who are your favorite writers?  

Two of my favorite writers are Ta-Nehisi Coates (Between The World and Me/Black Panther Comic Run) and Neil Gaiman (Anansi Boys/American Gods). These two authors have created some of my favorite pieces of both fiction and nonfiction. 

Who are your heroes in real life? 

One real-life hero I look up to easily has to be Maya Moore. On her climb to be one of the best basketball players to ever play, she stopped to fight for criminal justice reform, an issue that has been plaguing America for years. I hope to someday be that clear-minded to know when I can step away from something for a cause that is just. 

What is your motto?  

“There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about.” — Margaret J. Wheatley

Thayer Academy Irvin Bailey

Irvin Bailey. 


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