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creative and analytic

I'm a researcher, social scientist, ethnographer, writer and community-builder. 

As a consultant, I work with mission-centered organizations and people to unearth insights. From corporations to nonprofits, I seek to understand problems with data and analysis.  

I speak on varied topics from women in technology, measuring difficult concepts, ethnographic skills and more.  

I am the founder of the Athenas, an online peer support network for female identified post academics. 

For a year, I was an embedded ethnographer at the U.S. Green Building Council as they created the LEED v4 Green Building Standard my aim was to understand how a mission-driven organization changed the market with a voluntary standard. 

I was an AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the Department of Energy. I have taught at Bucknell University, the University of Arizona and Jesuit Worldwide Learning through Regis University. I led the inaugural Bucknell in D.C. program on Energy and the Environment and was a founding member of the interdisciplinary Sustainability Working Group.

I have a B.A. in Sociology/Anthropology from Earlham College and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Arizona. 

I write creative nonfiction, essays and poetry. My literary writing has been published in Narratively, The Dandelion Review, VoiceCatchers and Stoneboat Literary Journal where I was honored to be nominated for the Pushcart Prize. I served as a poetry editor for VoiceCatchers.  

I live in Portland, Oregon and in my free time I enjoy storytelling, knitting, hiking and travel. I am a board member of the Enthusiasm Collective, a co-working space of creative and socially minded people and I volunteer with The Dougy Center for grieving children and families. I hold the rank of shodan (first degree black belt) in Aikido, a Japanese martial art.