Jeremy Litchfield '99

What was your class year and major/minor?

Class of 1999, Biology major, Education minor

What is your current job, and city of residence?

I am the founder and CEO of Atayne (www.atayne.com). I live in Brunswick, ME.

Did your academic or extracurricular experience at Bowdoin influence how you are involved in communities now? If yes, how so?

Yes, but it was not one thing in particular. I think Bowdoin opened my eyes to a world of possibilities to get involved with my communities on a local and global level.

In what ways have you been engaged with the community since graduating from Bowdoin (both professionally and personally)?

As the founder of a start-up company, there is not much of a divide between my personal and professional life. I am always working and at the same time I am always giving back to my community. My company Atayne is a certified B Corporation (http://www.bcorporation.net/). Atayne exists to create positive environmental and social change. The core of our values is making our community (local and global) a better place for everyone.

What's been your favorite or most meaningful experience in public service since you graduated?

Starting a company from scratch. It has been very difficult, but at the same time very rewarding. It is great to see people passionate about the positive impacts we are trying to make.

Have any unexpected challenges or difficulties related to this work popped up along the way? If so, what did you learn from these challenges?

Every day is a new challenge, but the biggest challenge is overcoming the isolation you feel when you start a company or organization. Unless someone has been something similar, they don't understand what you are going through. It is more difficult in ways I never would have imagined.

What advice do you have for students who want to work for the common good after Bowdoin?

It can be a roller coaster ride with the highest highs and the lowest lows. Remember to celebrate the victories, even the littles ones. That can help to keep you going in the toughest of times.