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White Sand and Stone

My skills and services have evolved and varied over the years, providing me with a holistic, cross-functional view of organizations and their stakeholders. I have worked primarily in the nonprofit sector at the intersections of science, technology, arts, media, philanthropy, and policy (STAMPP?). For 14 out of my 20 years of experience, I have either been in executive and governance leadership roles, or advised those who are. 


The bottom line: I am a communications pro who helps mission-driven executive leaders navigate top priority challenges and seize strategic opportunities. My clients value the way I balance rigorous organization and analysis, creativity, and empathy. 


While most of the writing I've done in my career has been in service to clients and employers, in recent years I endeavored to invest in my own writing voice and vision. Now, in addition to client work, I write to reach and move a broader audience by making complex problems accessible and meaningful. Navigating the confusions and constant change of the Information Age requires a public with digital literacy skills, grounded in historical context. To that end, my primary project now is my first book, a piece of narrative nonfiction with the working title How to Build a Fact: The Wikipedia Paradox and the Perilous Future of Knowledge.

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  • I earned my Bachelor’s Degree at The Evergreen State College, where I studied the interaction between technological innovation and social change. For my Master’s Degree at The London School of Economics, I wrote a quant-heavy thesis entitled “Social Interaction on A Social Network Analysis of Article Talk Pages.” Wikipedia was still pretty new, then, so this was one of the first academic studies of the site. 

  • I've spoken at SXSW in Austin, TX and the U.N. Internet Governance Forum in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt and made many other public appearances. 

  • I co-founded the Seattle chapter of the Awesome Foundation and have served on the boards of The Alliance for Media Arts + Culture and The Prometheus Radio Project

  • In 2020, I named my new kitten after Enlightenment philosopher Denis Diderot, the main character of the first act of my book. You can follow my cat Diderot on Instagram. [link:]

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