Erik Kronstadt '06

Health Industry Consultant

Tell us about how your experiences at Cornell influenced your path.

Cornell taught me to care about issues of consequence. I work professionally in health strategy and devote my nonprofit activities to education-related organizations (Cornell and a charter school system in LA). 

How did you come to live in Los Angeles and what you are doing now?

I grew up here and wanted to be close to family and friends. It doesn't hurt that LA is a great place to live.

I work for Accenture Strategy in their health group. We help hospitals, insurance companies, and medical device manufacturers improve performance.

How did Cornell help prepare you for your post-grad life?

Cornell prepared me to work very hard for things I want. I've never worked harder than I did in Ithaca, and I've tried to carry the work ethic that was required to succeed at Cornell to my professional life.

Tell us a favorite memory of your time at Cornell.

The best thing about Cornell were the friends I made. All of my favorite memories are of spending time with them.

Tell us a favorite memory shared with another Cornell alum in L.A.

I've really enjoyed working on programming and representing Cornell with other alums at local college fairs.

What advice would you give, personally and professionally related to your line of work, to Cornell grads looking to come to L.A.? 

Talk to several locals before you decide where to live. LA is a great but huge place. One's happiness in LA is in no small part a function of how often he / she has to spend in the car. There are tons of great neighborhoods near where most people work. Don't drive two hours a day if you don't have to.