I have a Ph.D in anthropology from the University of California, San Diego. While at UCSD, I managed a large-scale, binational study of Mexican migration to the United States. If you’re interested in Mexican migration to the United States, youth soccer, and you have a spare couple days, might I suggest my dissertation as some light reading material?
I taught for a year in the Sociology and Anthropology department at Lewis and Clark College before moving out of academia. I then worked in the research department of Oregon Community Foundation, doing evaluation of two large-scale initiatives.
Today, I am a consultant, working with organizations across the country to improve their communication.
Sample Research Projects
In all of the work I have done, effective communication has been my number one passion.
This often means writing. I’ve published lots of stuff: books, journal articles, reports, even an op-ed in the Washington Post. I co-founded a magazine that raised $15,000 on Kickstarter and produced three beautiful issues.
More Writing Work
In recent years, data visualization has become central to my communication work. I’ve helped organizations large and small to creatively and effectively use data to share their findings. Data is only as good as its presentation, and I am able to make sure that data has the impact organizations want it to have.
Along the way, I’ve always been the one is “good with technology.” At every organization I’ve ever worked in, I’ve helped to improve its use of technology. Now I provide my "good with technology" services to many organizations, helping them to use digital tools to communicate.
Bring it all together, and you’ve got the 2017 version of me: I build websites and I help organizations to use data to achieve their goals. When things go really well, I combine these two threads, building digital reports that allow users to interact with data.