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 Wikipedia.org: 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: https://www.instagram.com/diderotcat/]