Through a career spanning tech, media and movement-based work, I’ve gained deep experience in designing a holistic approach to community design. This has included business leadership, launching and supporting global networks, digital infrastructure and strategies for community building, innovative experience design, event production and diversifying environments.
Soon to be launching a new kind of community design studio, I work with companies, start ups, foundations and community organizers in a variety of fields. The vision is rooted in creating strong, healthy environments that help people better understand, access and benefit from technology.
Currently I’m the Lead Producer of Emojicon, the first-ever multi-day celebration of all things emoji happening Nov 4-6, 2016 in SF. I’m a senior advisor to the Local News Lab at the Dodge Foundation where I’m researching and producing an interactive library and resource for local newsrooms on creative participatory experiences and community engagement. Building the future I wish exists, I’m also a co-founder of Shine Squad, a data collection and storytelling platform for sexual harassment and abuse. We are exploring ways to support transformation, healing and accountability for the toxic environments that permeate social good spaces.
My previous work has included winning the hearts and minds of global leaders in the DataKind network as the Director of Global Communities and launching the popular lunch series Machine Eatable in partnership with Microsoft NY, connecting data science and social good. As a Fellow at the Reynolds Journalism institute, I was the first-ever executive director of Hacks/Hackers launching the headquarter's infrastructure through a partnership with Google News Lab through the design of the Hacks/Hackers Connect program for media entrepreneurship.
As a leader in designing inclusive technology events I was advisor to the pilot program of NASA Space Apps Next Gen, a high school level hackathon, and helped produce Space Apps NYC, Hacking Journalism, Audio Hackathon and CODEX.
Speaking around the world on connecting and empowering communities, I have guest lectured at notable places such as Hacks/Hackers Buenos Aires Media Party, Columbia University's Tow Center for Digital Journalism, The Brown Institute for Media Innovation, CUNY's Graduate School of Journalism, and Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri.
If you're interested in exploring community-driven strategies together or curious to learn more, you can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.