I'm an experienced front-end developer with executive-level communication skills and a broad range of leadership experience.
Highly creative and entrepreneurial, I've founded multiple organizations and spent the last 5 years getting two new ventures off the ground.
My eclectic background includes living and working in four countries and seven states with extensive travel in 25+ countries and across the U.S.
Formerly a public high school teacher, my early career was in education, teaching international students, recent immigrants and refugees.
I have a teaching certificate from Cambridge and a B.A. magna cum laude from UC Berkeley in Rhetoric (what?) and in natural resource policy.
I've spent years of my life pursuing community projects and have organized campaigns, spoken in 100+ universities on environmental issues, lived in Zapatista communities, built a 17-person housing cooperative, and found a ton of other creative ways to make myself useful without getting a traditional job.
When I'm not working (whatever the hell that means), I'm writing or building a website for someone. I love lending a hand, so hit me up (bonus points if it has to do with humor, surveillance, or the land rights of indigenous peoples in Amazonia – or, if possible, all three).
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New Worker Magazine publishes original content on collaborative workspaces and the future of work.
I started the magazine to help foster a shared sense of community among people who work from coworking spaces. We've since become an internationally-recognized cornerstone of the coworking movement.
The magazine launched in May 2014 and has an international team of 50+ contributing writers in a dozen countries. I conceived the idea, assembled a remote team, designed and developed our site and social media channels, and I continue to commission and edit our feature articles.
Pure Cure Dental Technology is the first company to remove toxins from dental devices.
Our flagship Denture Detox is a consumer health product. I also created The Free Report on Denture Toxicity, a consumer-facing white paper.
I was privy to a little-known health problem in the dental industry and my team, after many years of research, developed a solution and started a company in order to get our product to people who need it.
In my role as co-founder, I took on product development, research and presentation of scientific findings, creation of written content and promotional materials, development of the company websites, strategic planning, marketing, sales and business development.
Web app 2015
Land Defense is a web application I conceived and executed in Ruby on Rails. The app features user auth and full CRUD capability.
Intended for use by individuals and organizations seeking to report land use violations on indigenous-owned territory, this concept app includes sample news briefs gleaned from land violations in biodiverse areas like the Brazilian Amazon. The project is deployed on Heroku and the code lives in this GitHub repo.
Web app 2015
Face Dazzler is a web application I conceived and built using jQuery and Node. This concept app is designed for use in a tablet-based interactive kiosk at events.
The app allows users to play with facial detection technology in real time. Included are tips and examples to help thwart facial detection – in real life and online – including stylized drag-and-drop overlays that can be used to "break" the algorithm's ability to find a face. Users can also upload a photo locally to immediately see whether a face is detected. The app is on Heroku and the code lives in this GitHub repo.
New Worker Magazine
Online magazine 2014–2016
With 60 contributors in a dozen countries, New Worker Magazine is the digital publication for and by the global coworking community.
I continue to support the magazine by commissioning and editing content and rolling out new features.
Product/e-commerce website 2014–2016
Denture Detox is an ecommerce website that also serves as a hub for information about denture toxicity. The landing page is a dedicated sales page designed for high conversion. Email signups are supported by a timed modal that prompts visitors to join in exchange for an info product. The site drives three quarters of the company's sales.
Applied Mythology Project
Not-for-profit organization 2015–2016
The Applied Mythology Project is a Los Angeles-based arts organization that puts on events, academic panels and gallery exhibitions. The organization approached me in need of a website for an upcoming event. I have since created two responsive sites for the client; the latest uses a mobile-first approach, and an animated menu for desktop. The landing page features a strange moving orb which complements the organization's focus on the mystical.
Musically Medicated: The Film
Feature-length film 2013
This featured documentary premiered at the 2013 Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival.
I chose a one-page design for the site, and used Bootstrap for its grid, fixed header and smooth scrolling.
Hot Smoked Pictures
Company website 2014
Hot Smoked Pictures is a Canadian film production company headed by documentary filmmaker Gabi Kislat.
To enable non-technical staff to make updates to the website, I built the site on WordPress. The portfolio gallery landing page beautifully displays bold video stills and is enhanced by the whimsical movement of the images as they populate the page.
Telecom for Charity
Company website 2013
An established telecommmunications consulting firm decided to start an embedded philanthropy initiative and reached out to me to build a site that targeted decision makers in both the business telecom and corporate-responsibility sectors.
Videography portfolio 2014
Joshua Hansen is a New York-based video professional and Beyoncé's in-house videographer. I liked his work and took a chance on reaching out to him to redesign his online portfolio.
We went with a minimalist design for his site. My custom build features his short Flash animation on the landing page and a lightweight JQuery gallery.
Pure Cure Technology
Company website 2010–2016
Aside from design/development, I wrote all content on this site, aiming for readability for the general public while presenting research appropriate for medical, dental, and toxicology professionals. Uncommon features, like footnotes and citations, are kept from cluttering the page thanks to accordions and nested toggles.
Company website 2012–2014
Design Strategist is the digital agency I ran from 2011 to 2014. The site is essentially a portfolio of client work I completed during that time and under that name.
The main site is a one-pager with smooth scrolling navigation, with each portfolio item linking to a detailed portfolio. The design makes liberal use of transparent assets that are activated upon hover.
Publisher website 2014
Oracle Press is a small artist book publisher based in Los Angeles. I find their books to be gorgeous one-of-a-kind pieces of artwork and I was excited to get my hands dirty designing their site and working with their imagery.
I let the texture- and color-rich art have full reign by keeping the other elements unobtrusive and minimalist. The logo header is in keeping with the colorful chaos of the imprint's signature style.
Company website 2013
JP Consulting works with executives in the field of international education.
I opted for a short one-page design that puts the company's message up front and center. Using Bootstrap gave the site its smooth scrolling and fixed navigation and enables it to easily be built on in the future.
The New York Wanderer
Author website 2010
The New York Wanderer features essays and books about old New York. The site serves as the online home for a small publisher of local historical nonfiction.
I designed this site to match the client's specifications for a web-1.0 feel. This was one of my first projects, and my first foray into building a WordPress theme from scratch and to specification.
Web app 2015
From Sept–Dec 2015, I took the Web Development Immersive course at General Assembly in NYC. TimeCapsule was a group project I conceived. Using the MEN stack, it features user authentication and CRUD capabilies.
The app is a whimsical take on the NASA time capsule that was sent into deep space on the Voyager 1 in 1977. Using Mandrill's email service, the app will send users their time capsule five years in the future. The app is on Heroku and the code lives in this GitHub repo.
Stand-up comic website 2016
Chris Thayer is a stand-up comic who has written for Comedy Central, The Pete Holmes Show, JASH and Funny or Die. I reached out to him with ideas to upgrade his calendar and website.
Company website 2014
Simple Labs is a New York-based digital agency that also offers courses and training. The focus of this project was to audit and integrate the content from two separate websites into one.
Photography portfolio 2015
Kristin Trammell is a fine art and documentary photographer based in Los Angeles. We worked together to select subsets of her work and curate them into themed collections for this site.
Stand-up comic website 2015
For this site I chose a simple, bold design using a series of layered photos that convey the client's range as a performing artist. Included in the design is a small joke – just try the shamrock button.
Mimes of Wine
Band website 2012
Mimes of Wine is an Italian band based in Italy and the US.
Indexhibit was chosen as the content management system to run this site from due to its ease of use for the client and its spare, minimalist look which complements the band's sound.
Photography portfolio 2012
Ian Campbell is a fashion and lifestyle photographer based in Los Angeles. This project culminated in a redesign of his photography company's portfolio.
Web app 2014
Datalize.me was a Ruby/Rails application built by my team over three days (on a bus!) during the 2014 StartupBus hackathon competition. The app offered users 'their personal API' by extracting their data from apps like Facebook and Twitter and porting it to other services via a restful API.
Web app 2015
Website for fake app2016
This mini project served to demonstrate how I build according to mockups given to me; I had no hand in the design but rather just implemented a build in one sitting based off a PSD file. The code lives at this GitHub repo.
Collective Decision Engines
Web application 2015
Collective Decision Engines created a tool for market research that enables quadratic voting. In the app-based tool, users are given a limited number of votes to assign, presenting an interesting visual design challenge. I provide some UI (user interface) consulting.
Spoof web app 2016
Introducing ClinkedIn: the network for white-collar criminals serving jailtime, a project I built at the Stupid Shit No One Needs and Terrible Ideas Hackathon at NYU-ITP in Feb 2016. A send up of LinkedIn's landing page features Bernie Madoff, Martha Stewart, Enron CEOs and other inside traders and securities fraudsters, and comedic profiles thereof.
Map of every coworking space in greater NYC
Interactive map 2016
I created the first map and comprehensive listing of every coworking space and shared workspace in the greater NYC metro area as an open source project.
I write essays and creative nonfiction for online magazines and industry publications.
Recently I've had articles published on why I choose to juggle multiple types of work, some unique challenges I've faced in teaching immigrants and refugees, and advice from the hackathon-road-trip StartupBus. I've also written within the dental industry, and lots of topics on the coworking movement for Freelancer's Union, OuiShare and New Worker Magazine.
A few of the essays and articles I've published in the past year:
Most of my appearances in the press are related to my work or my role within coworking.
Publications like Business Insider have quoted me on how I work, why I started a housing cooperative in the Bay Area, how I lived abroad as a language teacher, why I moved to Guatemala instead of getting a job after college, being a woman of color working with refugees and immigrants, why I left public school teaching, how I've gone uninsured nearly my entire life, and overcoming disempowerment as a young adult.
Recently, Michelle Obama as guest editor chose me for a feature in August's print issue of More on first-generation college graduates.