Digital creative
front-end developer content strategist designer writer and editor entrepreneur


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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Founding editor of New Worker Magazine


New Worker Magazine publishes original content on collaborative workspaces and the future of work.

I also created the Coworking Press List, a resource for journalists, and the Greater NYC Coworking Map, the most comprehensive listing of shared workspaces in the NYC metro area.

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 60+ 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.

Co-founder of Pure Cure Dental Technology


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.

Portfolio

For the past 5 years I've done front-end development, responsive design, Wordpress, content strategy

for Fortune 100 companies, small business clients, and independent creatives.


I recently completed a full-stack course
at General Assembly and have built apps using jQuery, Angular, Node, Ruby on Rails, Javascript.


Feel free to check me out on LinkedIn, GitHub, GA Profiles, or hit your arrow keys to view my portfolio ➔

Wells Fargo

Branded microsite 2016

  • HTML5/CSS3/JS development

I developed Grow Your Small Business, a microsite for Wells Fargo featured on The Balance.

Wells Fargo

Disney Parks

Branded microsite 2016

  • HTML5/CSS3/jQuery development

I developed the Essential Walt Disney World Experiences sponsored content campaign for Disney Parks and Resorts. The site centers around a large video player; users can easily check out the series of custom videos using a swipe-able carousel.

Disney Parks

Plum Organics

Branded microsite 2016

  • HTML5/CSS3/JS development

I developed a five-page microsite for Plum Organics. The branded content campaign features a video, an infographic, and multiple articles on Verywell.

Plum Organics

Antares Capital

Company website 2016

  • HTML5/CSS3/PHP development
  • Wordpress design & development

Antares Capital is a premier middle-market lender managing 11B in assets. The company reached out to me with some additional needs for their website, including a new investor portal and a solution for a persistent iOS bug they'd been facing.

Antares Capital

Land Defense

Web app 2015

  • Ruby/Rails
  • SQL database
  • Front-end design & development

Land Defense is a web application I conceived and developed using Ruby on Rails. The app features user authentication and full CRUD capability.

Intended for use by 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.

Land Defense app

Face Dazzler

Web app 2015

  • Node, Express
  • jQuery
  • Front-end design & development

Face Dazzler is a web application I conceived and developed using jQuery and Node. The app allows users to experiment with facial detection technology in real time. Included are tips 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 test whether a face is detected.

The app is on Heroku and the code lives in this GitHub repo.

Face Dazzler for Web

Applied Mythology Project

Nonprofit org website 2015–2016

  • HTML5/CSS3 design & development
  • LESS CSS animation
  • Content design
  • Graphics

I've created two responsive sites for Applied Mythology Project, a Los Angeles-based arts organization that puts on events, academic panels and gallery exhibitions. This latest one uses a mobile-first approach and has an animated menu for desktop. The landing page features a strange moving orb which complements the organization's focus on the mystical.

Applied Mythology Project

Musically Medicated: The Film

Feature-length film 2013

  • HTML5/CSS3 design & development
  • Brand advising
  • SEO
  • Content editing

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.

Musically Medicated

Hot Smoked Pictures

Company website 2014

  • WordPress customization
  • SEO
  • Content inventory & audit
  • Content editing

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.

Hot Smoked Pictures

Telecom for Charity

Company website 2013

  • Design & development
  • WordPress customization
  • Brand advising
  • SEO
  • Graphics
  • Content inventory & audit
  • Content writing & editing

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.

Telecom for Charity

State Farm

Branded microsite 2016

  • HTML5/CSS3/JS development
  • Development of Spanish language site features

I developed two microsites in English and Spanish for State Farm. Each campaign features a video, an infographic, and six articles on The Balance.

State Farm

Chevron Techron

Branded microsite 2016

  • HTML5/CSS3/JS development
  • Animated ads

I developed Techron's Prep Your Ride, a branded content microsite on About Autos.

Chevron Techron

Clorox

Branded microsite 2016

  • HTML5/CSS3/JS development
  • Animated ads

I developed a microsite for Clorox which included branded content on the About Home network and animated ads built using the Celtra platform.

Clorox

Joshua Hansen

Videography portfolio 2014

  • HTML5/CSS3 design & development
  • jQuery animated gallery
  • SEO

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.

Joshua Hansen

Oracle Press

Publisher website 2014

  • HTML5/CSS3 design & development
  • Logo and graphics
  • SEO

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.

Beastly Oracle

Choice Hotels

Branded microsite 2016

  • HTML5/CSS3/JS development

I developed 7 Trending Cities, a microsite for Sleep Inn by Choice Hotels.

Choice Hotels

JP Consulting

Company website 2013

  • HTML5/CSS3 design & development
  • Brand advising
  • SEO

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.

JP Consulting

TimeCapsule

Web app 2015

  • Node, Express, MongoDB, jQuery
  • Mandrill email integration
  • Front-end design & development

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 capabilities.

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.

TimeCapsule

Chris Thayer

Stand-up comic website 2016

  • Wordpress theme customization
  • Content audit

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.

I designed and built him a website on Wordpress so he could maintain it on his own, and implemented a new calendar system that integrates with his booking management tools.

Chris Thayer

Pure Cure Technology

Company website 2010–2016

  • HTML5/CSS3 design & development
  • Branding
  • SEO
  • Content strategy, research & writing
  • Graphics

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.

Pure Cure Dental Technology

Design Strategist

Company website 2012–2014

  • HTML5/CSS3 design & development
  • Content writing
  • Branding
  • Graphics

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.

Design Strategist

Simple Labs

Company website 2014

  • Content auditing
  • Content strategy
  • Messaging/branding

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.

Simple Labs NYC

Ciné Co-op

Company website 2014

  • Content auditing
  • Development consulting

Ciné Co-op is a film production cooperative based in Montreal for which I've provided web consulting over the years.

Ciné Coop

Kristin Trammell

Photography portfolio 2015

  • HTML5/CSS3 design & development
  • jQuery animated gallery
  • Branding & content design

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.

Kristin Trammell

Roddy O'Hare

Stand-up comic website 2015

  • HTML/CSS design & development
  • Branding
  • Graphics & photo montage

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.

Roddy O'Hare - stand-up comic NYC

Mimes of Wine

Band website 2012

  • CMS implementation
  • Content editing

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.

Mimes of Wine

Alcon

Branded microsite 2016

  • HTML5/CSS3/JS development

I developed Worry Free Summer Fun, a microsite for Alcon, the global medical company.

Alcon

TKC LLP

Animated ads 2016

  • Graphic design

A whistleblower law firm that recently had their website redesigned also sought to complement their launch with some new advertisements shown here.

TKC LLP

Ian Campbell

Photography portfolio 2012

  • HTML/CSS website design
  • Content audit
  • Content strategy

Ian Campbell is a fashion and lifestyle photographer based in Los Angeles. This project culminated in a redesign of his photography company's portfolio.

Ian Campbell

New Worker Magazine

Online magazine 2014–2016

  • Editorial direction
  • WordPress customization
  • Graphic design and art direction
  • SEO
  • Branding
  • Social media strategy

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.

New Worker Magazine

Denture Detox

Product/e-commerce website 2014–2016

  • HTML5/CSS3 design & development
  • Content writing
  • Branding
  • SEO
  • WordPress theme design & development
  • Mailchimp, Sumo.me integration
  • Graphics

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 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.

DentureDetox.com

Datalize.me

Web app 2014

  • Front-end design
  • Social media campaigning

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.

datalize.me

Blackjack game

Web app 2015

  • Javascript development
  • Gameplay design
  • Front-end design

This was my first student project building a vanilla Javascript game from scratch. The project is deployed on GitHub pages and the code lives in this GitHub repo.

blackjack game

Selus

Website for fake app2016

  • Front-end development
  • Javascript development
  • Mockup adaptation

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.

selus app

Collective Decision Engines

Web application 2015

  • SASS development
  • Graphic design
  • UI consulting

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.

CDE

ClinkedIn

Spoof web app 2016

  • Front-end design

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.

clinkedin

Map of every coworking space in greater NYC

Interactive map 2016

  • Angular development
  • Front-end design
  • Google Maps integration

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.

NYC coworking map

Writing


I write essays and creative nonfiction for online magazines and industry publications.

Recently I've had essays published on the breakdown of political discourse in civil society, the vanity trap that millennials fall in to, 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 have contributed many topics on coworking and the future of work in Freelancer's Union, OuiShare and New Worker Magazine.

Press


Most of my appearances in the press are related to my work, my writing, or my role within coworking.

I've appeared on CBS This Morning and have been interviewed by Shareable, Deskmag, NY Tech and in podcasts like The Naked Freelancer, QNY News and Curious World.

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.

I also dispense advice on things like millennial careers, creative business, work/life balance (or lack of it), how to rock renting on Airbnb, and the best books for teaching and learning Spanish.

Michelle Obama as guest editor chose me for a feature in August's issue of the women's print magazine More on first-generation college graduates. Most recently, I was profiled in the book The New Better Off: Reinventing The American Dream by Courtney Martin.

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