TLDR: The Short Version
My passion is supporting social justice work. I do so through leveraging relationships to build capacity — sort of like matchmaking — at a network level. I also have a knack for web design and making technology approachable.
Right now, this looks like facilitating peer learning amongst climate justice organizations in the United States, mapping interconnections between citizen-generated data initiatives around the world, and developing behaviors for large-scale network health to end violence against women.
Questions that entertain my thoughts are:
- How can remember our inherent interconnectedness in a society that wants to see us as individuals?
- (How) Can technology support us in creating a world where climate justice is realized?
- How are power dynamics playing out in relationships and networks?
- How do we resource all of these efforts, in particular through investment capital?
Manifesta: core principles and values that support my work
I’ve been working with non-profits and social justice organizations since 2004 – spanning the gamut from 3 person groups with a mission to international non-governmental organizations and many variations in between.
I spent the majority of my time as a college student building bridge organizations to push the administration toward getting renewable energies on campus and was part of creating a self-imposed student fee that generated $1M/year for sustainability related projects on campus.
I’ve interned with environmental and social justice non-profits from tiny ones you’ve never heard of to Greenpeace.
I co-founded a non-profit called Econexión to empower sustainable development organizations through increased communication. This involved 3 years of working with sustainable development NGOs and businesses in Costa Rica interviewing them about their technology use and collaboration. Later, we lead 3 trainings at EARTH University, reaching 60+ small businesses and NGOs in the sustainable development field.
I received a Master’s degree in organizational communication, with a focus on networks among non-governmental organizations. My advisor was Michelle Shumate, one of the top scholars on organizational networks. Together, we worked on a thesis involving organizational technology use and the digital divide in Costa Rica. (Read more about this here.)
Since the time of AOL CDs in the mail, LAN parties, and before “google” was a verb, I’ve been learning web development, design, and programming. A self-taught freelancer, I have the expertise of many sub-fields all in one person and sometimes do contract work as a web designer/developer. Here’s my web services and portfolio.
Clear Communicator & Technology Mentor
I am dedicated to clear communication that is based on the shared level of technical experience. If that means a client is unfamiliar with technical jargon, I can clearly explain technical concepts in plain English (and Spanish!).
Principled, Appropriate Technologist
I don’t think technology will save the world, but I think it can help. Check out my principles for how to use and implement technology mindfully.