I'm a social sector expert turned life coach, currently pursuing my certification with the Academy for Coaching Excellence, a premiere institution accredited by the International Coach Federation. I'm a yoga and fitness nut and a dancer and performer. I am deeply familiar with the worlds of kink, polyamory, tantra, feminism, and queer culture. Check out my articles for the Good Men Project here.
Most recently I was Partnerships Director at Code for America, a leader in the Civic Technology and Open Source movements. Before that I was the Manager of Strategic Partnerships at DataKind, an organization harnessing the power of data science in the service of humanity.
In 2004, I launched Columbia 2004ward, a project that registered over 10,000 new voters in seven swing states. After that I worked as an activist and community organizer, in Kansas City, helping to prosecute corrupt developers, defend immigrant rights, raise the minimum wage and defeat anti-gay laws.
Following Hurricane Katrina I founded Emergency Communities, an innovative $10 million humanitarian relief organization that built a chain of relief camps along the Gulf Coast at which 4,000 volunteers delivered food, clothing and shelter to over 50,000 people.
I've done economic development projects in Brazil, India, Nepal and Ghana, and worked with New York City under the Bloomberg Administration. I've consulted with hundreds of for-profit, nonprofit, and hybrid startups, launching over 50 new businesses, creating 300 new jobs, and raising millions of dollars for my clients.
I'm a 2013 Coro Leader, a 2012 NYU Reynolds Scholar in Scaling Social Enterprises, a 2009 Wagner Scholar, and a 2007 Nominee for CNN Hero of the Year. I got my BA from Columbia and my MPA from NYU.