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ALUMNI NEWS: Priyanka Sabnani

Priyanka Sabnani’s study of civil and mechanical engineering at the Middlesex County Edison Academy Magnet School has led her to a career in enabling people to do their best work.

A 2012 graduate of the Edison Academy, she credits her time there with opening her eyes to the world around her. She now is director of people and organizational performance at Public.com, a platform that allows investors to buy stocks and a myriad of other investments, including bonds, funds and collectibles, in one place.

“What was really special about the academy was the diversity of the curriculum,” she said. “It was a stark change from the traditional learning methods that students are used to up until high school … it really took you out of your comfort zone.”

“I think many of my classmates can agree that we went from being top performers in our public schools to this very rigorous environment full of excellent people all around, which made it really competitive but also exciting and motivating,” she said. Sabnani said the academy encouraged students to “respect the process.”

She majored in industrial and systems engineering at Rutgers and began her career at Goldman Sachs in Manhattan, working in the compliance and consumer banking divisions before landing a role in the office of the chairman and CEO. She moved to Public as chief of staff, reporting to the co-CEOs, before taking on her current role.

“I feel like this is a role that has been inevitable,” she said, “to be a connector of people, to drive our organizational strategy, and ultimately to help our members be better investors.”

“Our mission is to make the public markets work for all people,” she said. “By providing access to any fractional asset – and introducing new asset classes – we’re increasing opportunities for diversification among our members.”

She grew up in Woodbridge and Edison, and her younger brother, Shubham, also attended the Edison Academy. She was married last year and now lives in Jersey City.