Meet Alice Skeats, who leads Public Services and SMB partnerships in Northern Europe! Read more to learn about her time at Nextdoor.
Why did you join Nextdoor?
When I learned about Nextdoor five years ago, I instantly knew the company was for me. Three things stood out to me: the first being the opportunity to be a part of the tech for good movement. Second, the ability to harness my passion for all things local: people, community projects, small businesses, and public services. Third, and most importantly for me, kindness being at the heart of the work.
I originally joined to lead public relations and communication for the UK and I loved that through my storytelling we could share with the world the impact Nextdoor had on people’s lives on such a variety of issues such as mental health, loneliness, and how to support others in a time of need.
What has been one of your favorite projects to work on?
I have been fortunate to work on such a wide range of initiatives across the company that have real impact and purpose. One that holds a special place in my heart was our Global Partnership with the UN Refugee Agency which I initiated and led across nine of our international markets including the US in just a number of days following the war in Ukraine. This partnership saw us supporting Ukrainian neighbors in their time of need and resulted in thousands of pounds being donated by our generous neighbors to support those fleeing Ukraine.
What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
I love the outdoors and being active, even more so after working from home in my apartment for the last three years. I fill my weekends walking and running in my hometown, Southend-on-Sea, hiking in the Kent or Surrey countryside, followed by a traditional pub Sunday dinner, and have gotten into playing squash.
I strongly believe being outside and nature and moving your body is so essential for your physical and mental health. When I’m not out on a run, you’ll find me in a local independent restaurant or cafe enjoying a coffee, some good food or, maybe even a cocktail with my dear friends and family.
Most memorable moment at Nextdoor?
There have been so many remarkable moments at Nextdoor, from travelling across the UK to meet our inspiring neighbors who are making incredible changes in their communities, meeting the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan with our CEO Sarah Friar, landing amazing stories and interviews on national TV and newspapers, onboarding and supporting UK Government and NHS England during the moments of crisis in pandemic, and winning the Invest in Community Award during our Q2 2022 Values Awards ceremony.
Best career advice?
Believe in yourself and do not let anything stand in your way. You are the maker of your own success and you should not be afraid to create and push for new opportunities. Also, be courageous, be open, and be vulnerable.
Where is your favorite place in the world?
I visited Yosemite last year with two friends from Nextdoor and was truly taken aback by its beauty and tranquility. While I was there, I reflected on how fortunate I was to be at one with anture and experience its greatness. It has been by far one of my happiest moments.
What is your favorite way to give back to your local community?
I like to connect and provide support to people in my community who are struggling. It can be as simple as sending a private message to a neighbor going through a hard time, meeting them for a walk or even having lunch. I feel fortunate to have been able to meet and support lots of neighbors through challenging times through Nextdoor. Most recently, I found a new friendship on Nextdoor with Loki, a two year old Japanese Shiba, who I take for walks each week to help out his owners.