Tess, born Tess Olivia Finkel CC '10 was born in Manhattan to Rita and Glen Finkel. She is a middle sibling. After attending St. Hilda's & St. Hugh's School, Tess went to Trinity School for high school. She graduated from Columbia College with a major in English.
Tess has been a valued member of Columbia's Fencing team. She helped secure the 2007 Ivy League Championship and served as captain during her senior year. Tess is a devoted member of the Delta Gamma sorority. She has been admired for her skills in poetry and dedication to animals of the Upper West Side.