I’m passionate about creating an informed, engaged public.

I am the vice president of strategy and operations at ProPublica, a nonprofit newsroom producing investigative and accountability journalism in the public interest. I’m a board member for the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing, an adviser to MICRO — a startup that’s building a fleet of tiny science museums that make learning fun and accessible — and (until the end of this year) the Board Treasurer for the Online News Association.

My work — across journalism, research, and product development — centers on listening to people, analyzing data, identifying patterns, and solving problems. As a media leader, I am inspired by efforts to refashion the news business to meet the needs and interests of a growing audience while sustaining the journalists who create it. I have helped launch multiple media initiatives, including the Research business for GigaOM, the crowdfunded reporting project Climate Confidential, and several of ProPublica’s local reporting initiatives. 

I’m a trustee with AwesomeNYC, the local Awesome Foundation chapter, and an active member of the Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club, where I co-organize paddle-in movie nights, concerts, and other cultural events on my favorite local Superfund site. I am an alternate representative for the club on the EPA’s Gowanus Canal Community Advisory Group. 

As an independent journalist, I wrote a column on innovative startups in the robotics space, and reported original stories for Scientific American, The Atlantic, Nieman Reports, Smithsonian, Outside, BusinessWeek, and other outlets. (You can see some of my past work here.) I was also an editor and author of research on clean energy finance and clean technology, and have written or contributed to a variety of research reports for PricewaterhouseCoopers, GigaOM Pro, Kachan & Co, and others.

I was a member of the 2015 class of fellows at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard.

Also, I love riding my bicycle and exploring urban waterways around the world.

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