I've been interested in storytelling since I could read and write.
As a kid, I Xeroxed my storybooks to pass out to classmates. As a teenager, I revived my high school's long-dormant newspaper and even landed a few of my radio commentaries on NPR (thanks to the awesome nonprofit Youth Radio).
After studying broadcast journalism at NYU, I cut my teeth working behind the scenes in international news and documentary production. And sometimes, despite zero acting ability, I appeared in front of the camera, most notably in reenactments for Japanese network news (perhaps a story for another time).
In 2007, a move back to my native Bay Area prompted some serious soul-searching. I decided it was time to use my journalism skills to advance social justice causes dear to my heart. I made the transition to the nonprofit world and haven't looked back.
Until 2012, I led communications at International Development Exchange (now Thousand Currents), the international grantmaking organization that supports community-led initiatives in the Global South.
In 2013, I branched out as a communications consultant to help other nonprofits raise money and increase their visibility.
My first foray into consulting was with Heshima Kenya, a refugee rights NGO in Nairobi, Kenya. Other clients have since included Voice of Witness, Center for Justice and Accountability, Refugee Transitions, and Jewish Family and Children Services.
Outside of work, I enjoy traveling with my husband and our two young sons, exploring our home city of San Francisco, keeping up with marketing and social media trends, and organizing meetups for Bay Area Cause Communications Community.
New Media Mentors Program (6-month Social Media Strategy Training) - Netroots Nation
Intro to Web Design & HTML - Bay Area Video Coalition
Content Management - MediaBistro.com
OpEd Core Seminar - The OpEd Project
Copywriting for the Web - MediaBistro.com
Certificate in Copy Editing - Media Alliance
Storytelling for Nonprofits - CompassPoint