I'm a serial entrepreneur and software industry project manager with eight years of experience as a Microsoft Program Manager and Group Program Manager. I helped lead the launch of MSN News and MSNBC.com. Since then, I've worked twelve years in journalism, social media, startups and non-profit organizing. I'm also a published freelance writer and volunteer yoga teacher. I have a unique portfolio of grass roots PR and guerilla marketing experience in distinct roles in nonprofit, technology, journalism and advocacy.
I'm currently available for consulting related to strategy, technology, communications or capacity building or the right full time opportunity.
Evan Ratliff wrote a story about how people disappear in the digital age. Then he went on the run himself, with Wired readers trying to track him down. Learn more.
Received $689,471 in grants to develop open source Facebook application software for media organizations and research news engagement. Learn more.
Highlights of my writing include three cover stories on Microsoft's technology, its corporate citizenship and tax dodging and my own socially responsible investing for Seattle Weekly.
Working as a consultant. Experimenting with several startup ideas using the Yii Framework for PHP and Mailgun, including Geogram.com.
Co-founded Envision Seattle and led signature gathering effort for initiative to limit corporate constitutional rights and eliminate corporate personhood. Received national attention for marrying a person to a corporation. Learn more.
Managed the implementation of three Knight Foundation grants related to Facebook, journalism and social media research.
Covered Microsoft's $4.37 billion tax avoidance efforts in Washington State since 2004. Learn more.
Built Web-based services for nonprofits. Raised more than $580,000 for ActionStudio from The Omidyar Foundation and Aspiration. Later acquired by Groundspring (now Network for Good).
Left Microsoft, raising $2 million in venture capital to found GiftSpot.com, an electronic gift certificate company, later acquired by GiftCertificates.com.
Helped lead technical launch of MSN News (1995) and MSNBC.com (1996) among other projects.
A research project creates experimental applications for Facebook to learn whether the news habit can be fostered online and lead to civic engagement. Read more
Class of 1991
Class of 1987
I volunteer regularly teaching yoga to teen boys in recovery through Seattle's Street Yoga. Completed Yoga Works RY200 2011 and Off the Mat Into the World's Basic and Advanced Leadership Training 2012. I'm currently enrolled in a Pacific Yoga's 300 hour teacher training for 2013.
I'm a co-op investor in Fair Trade coffee, tea and chocolate provider Equal Exchange and have traveled to Peru to meet their farmers and learn about their supply chain. I am also a founding investor in Upstream 21, which operates with a socially responsible corporate charter.
Hiking, running, snowboarding, photography, travel, gardening, vegetarian cooking and scrabble.