Day in the Life: James Lin, Peer Health Exchange Director of Sites and Partnerships

    Published on April 7th, 2018

    Our program’s reach and positive impact on the lives of young people would not be possible without the hard work, passion and dedication of our talented team. It’s our people-power that makes Peer Health Exchange a unique and amazing place to work. In this ‘Day in the Life’ series,  we shine the spotlight on one employee at a time—providing just a snapshot of what they do—over the course of a typical day. 


    Your Name: James Lin
    Your Job Title: Director of Sites and Partnerships
    In your own words, describe what you do in one sentence: I strengthen site excellence and support local teams in delivering a program that advances health equity and improves health outcomes for young people.
    Your direct manager’s title: Assistant Vice President, Sites and Partnerships

    • 10 AM: I generally start my day with email processing and an audit of my tasks/projects. Pictured here: the quintessential dual monitor for multi-tasking; multiple elephant figurines (my alma mater’s mascot); a Rubik’s cube I don’t actually know how to solve but is great for fidgeting; a family photo; a clay bowl my wife made; and in the back—a packet of Cincinnati style chili (I’m a Cincy native). On this day, I kicked off the morning by drafting and sending our “Program Progress to Goals”— a summary of how each site is performing against their programmatic goals. While a sometimes tedious task (#excel) it’s made a lot easier thanks to amazing support from Meghan Rosenberg, our Program Design and Development Fellow who puts the info together. Furthermore, it’s great to be able to see and celebrate our progress week over week and identify which sites need support.
    • 12 PM: At around 12 PM, I led cities in our monthly “Program Team Time” where all of our city teams comes together virtually for an hour and a half. That day, the Program and Strategic Learning team led us through exciting changes to our RCM curriculum for next year! While it can be sometimes difficult to coordinate and lead relevant/helpful topics month after month, it’s a great time to build relationships and solidarity across city teams, share resources, and check-in with how everyone is doing.


    • 2 PM: I tend to hit an energy slump at around 2 PM, and will often grab a coffee at that time. We’re privileged to have free coffee in our Boston WeWork co-working space, so I’ll often enjoy a cup on WeWork’s weird swing space to decompress before getting back to it. Taking breaks and self-care have really supported my sustainability here at PHE (going on 5 years now!) and sometimes precede my best/most creative/productive work.
    • 4 PM: Pictured here are WeWork’s phone booths where I spend a fair amount of my time on a day to day basis taking calls with PHE staff across our city sites. Today, I was holding my regular 1:1 check-in with a Program Director— listening, thought partnering, and supporting on programmatic implementation. It can get a little claustrophobic in those booths and demand for them is often high (I once had to walk around for 10 minutes just to find an open booth), but it’s all worth it for the time I get to spend connecting with program staff on the regular. 
    • 6 PM: Bonus Round! The first thing I tend to do when I get home is to take my dog, Archer, out for a walk. He’s my very first dog ever and is a 2-year old, 45-lb, black lab mix (left). Rain or shine, we spend about an hour outside getting some exercise and having that dedicated time and space has really helped improve my work-life balance and overall mental health!

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