Lose the shirt off my back? No way.
When life got dicey, I opened my closet doors and turned a profit by selling used hangers in 25-pack bundles. Oh, yes.
More recently, I put my hustle into play at 500 Startups, the world’s most active venture capital fund and startup accelerator, where I led content, branding, marketing, operations and corporate partnerships for business development and global events.
Before transitioning into tech, I worked in higher education, teaching online research and media production classes across a variety of disciplines at the University of California, Berkeley. During that time, I also worked as the Director and Executive Producer of Digital Media Projects at the Blum Center for Developing Economies, where I co-founded and led The #GlobalPOV Project, a mixed-media approach to thinking about poverty, inequality and undertaking poverty action.
In addition, I was the Director of Media at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, where I had the opportunity to interview Bashar al-Assad in his presidential palace in Damascus, Syria, in late December of 2010. I asked Assad if he considered himself a dictator. He dodged the inquiry, but his actions in the immediate weeks, months and years to follow answered the question . . . and then some. Sadly.
Before that, I was a practicing journalist and graduate fellow at the University of Southern California. During that time, I worked as a web reporter and photographer for KCET’s “SoCal Connected,” as an online editor for the London-based New Statesman magazine, and as the co-editor-in-chief of USC Annenberg’s award-winning digital news website. I got my start in journalism as a full-time associate editor (and employee #20!) at P✪PSUGAR, a tech startup turned global media empire.
My freelance reporting has been featured in NBC, CBS and ABC news broadcasts and in online publications, including The Huffington Post. I have also done manuscript editing for various authors with recognized commercial and university presses.
You can find me tap dancing in the dark corners of my imagination to a sold-out audience of — none. Like most everything else, it’s all for fun.
My colleagues at 500 Startups awarded me the 2016 “Get Sh*t Done” award, which is arguably not as cool as the “Have Fun” award . . . but I’ll still take it. In addition, the administration at UC Berkeley awarded me the 2012-13 Lecturer Teaching Fellowship. I am also the recipient of the 2011 First Place “Best of the Web” Individual Journalism Award from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), as well as USC Annenberg’s 2010 Penny Lernoux Award for International Reporting.