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Designing for humans. Expressing values in words, images, and code. Thinking architecturally. Supporting openness, diversity, and inclusion. Comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comfortable.

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School of Information @ University of California, Berkeley
Master of Information Management & Systems, 2015; 
I School Fellow, Graduate Student Researcher, Teaching Assistant

Focus: Narrative structures and publishing systems
School of Information @ University of California, Berkeley • 2013 – 2015

Drawing on my previous career in media, I spend a great deal of time at Berkeley studying and designing software for digital publishing and textual analysis. For my capstone project, Rebook, I designed and prototyped a web platform for nondeterministic storytelling. With Prof. Bob Glushko I led a research group to define core values and best practices for the next generation of ebooks and served as a software developer and contributing author for The Discipline of Organizing, a new and essential core text for information science programs. With Prof. Marti Hearst, I studied information extraction and natural language processing and am leading the design and full-stack development of open-source software for deep textual analysis.

Focus: Data visualization tools and techniques
School of Information @ University of California, Berkeley • Berkeley, CA • 2014 – 2015

Given my interests in design and storytelling, datavis is a natural fit for me. With Prof. Marti Hearst, a leading researcher in the field, I learned and practiced core perceptual and design principles for effective data and information visualization, developing projects with industry-standard visualization tools such as Highcharts, Illustrator, Tableau and D3. Currently we are designing and testing a tool that implements some best practices of exploratory data analysis.

Interdisciplinary perspectives on information systems
School of Information @ University of California, Berkeley • 2013 – 2015

The I School curriculum is both broad and deep. My other areas of study include user experience design and research; information organization and retrieval; information technology, identity, and the future of storytelling; distributed computing applications and infrastructure; information economics, strategy, and policy; social and organizational issues of information; quantitative research methods; information law and policy; and managing in information-intensive companies.

Skills: Writing

Code (JavaScript, Python, CSS, Rails, PHP, SQL/NoSQL, XML, Applescript)

English (content strategy, journalism and reportage, copyediting, fiction)

Skills: Design

Systems (data modeling, user experience and interfaces, workflow management)

Graphic (typography; layout and composition; photo manipulation; branding and identity)

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Work: Editor, designer, writer, strategist, manager, developer, tinkerer
School: Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY; B.A. in American Culture, 2004
Honors: Community Fellow; Wirsig Prize for journalism; thesis completed “with distinction”

Digital and managing editor
Habitat Magazine • New York, NY • 2011 – 2013

Oversaw and implemented digital initiatives to access new audiences and distribution channels. Products launched: iPad edition built with Mag+; Kindle ebook anthology; metered paywall solution to expose paid content to SEO and sharing. Trafficked jobs and files. Assisted art director with design tasks. Edited articles and podcasts.

Designer and contributor
Newtown Literary • Queens, NY • 2012 – 2012

Conceived and designed logo, cover, typographic styles and layout templates for startup New York City literary journal. Delivered files to printer and ebook retailers. Had my short story published.

Managing Editor
TimesLedger Newspapers • Queens, NY • 2007 – 2011

Managed design and production. Made assignments and workflow improvements. Developed and contributed to data journalism package with Google Maps API, custom CMS and automated layout system, website redesign. Awards: Best use of multimedia and best arts coverage, NYPA; best A&E feature (third place), SNA

Topic editor and steering committee member
whereIstand.com • New York, NY • 2005 – 2007

Developed structure, content and strategy for a crowdsourced opinion database.

Proofreader and copyeditor
Metroproof • New York, NY • 2006 – 2007

General-assignment reporter
The Weekly Beat • Poughkeepsie, NY • 2004 – 2005