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.
As the Founder and CEO of a visionary community studio Virago Futures, we're pioneering community development and creative professional learning environments across technology, data science, journalism, social good, aerospace, civic life and entrepreneurship. We work with companies, startups, foundations and community organizers to create strong, healthy environments where all people can thrive.
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.