Q & A with Jeremy H. Graf '91
I met Chris in the 7th grade at Landon and quickly started a friendship that would last a lifetime.
As an owner of Kingsley Bate I first came to Indonesia in 1985, where I lived and worked for many years. In the early 1990’s as our teak furniture business became quite successful, I began visiting Myanmar in order to research the price of their highly regarded teak wood.
When you build a business, the odds are against stacked you. After all, there is a reason why the business that you want to build doesn't exist already. It’s your job to fight the uphill climb to make it happen.
Growing older is a funny thing - life just happens, and then all of a sudden you look at the calendar and realize it’s been 15 years since high school. My life has changed a lot since graduating from Landon.
On June 16, 2018, less than two weeks after graduating from Williams College, I got on a plane to embark on a year of global research focused on coffee sustainability with funding from the Thomas J. Watson Foundation.
Like many, my career since graduating from Landon in 2005 has been filled with twists and turns, but I have always been guided by a passion for the environment and improving livelihoods of the marginalized. After Landon I attended Wesleyan University, where I was fortunate enough to continue my lacrosse and football career.
Adventures in Living – Lessons for Life
The above is the tag line for Wilderness Leadership & Learning, Inc. (WILL) (www.will-lead.org), but before we get to that, a little background. After graduating from Landon, I followed the path taken by many Bears – college, then law school, and a career as a commercial trial attorney (I did have a few small detours to coach Varsity Football at St.A, to volunteer on a Democratic Presidential campaign, for the Voting Rights Institute, and for the legal team of a Democratic Senatorial candidate).
Like many alumni, I too am a native Washingtonian. Born in DC and raised in Chevy Chase, I’ve called this area home my entire life. My journey after Landon took me to Indiana University where I did the unusual thing and graduated in 3 years instead of 4 (or 5), thanks in no small part to Landon’s AP classes.