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

I am the director of business development at ProPublica, a nonprofit newsroom producing investigative and accountability journalism. I am a board member for the Online News Association, and sit on the advisory boards for Ensia, MICRO, and Footnote — three organizations with innovative approaches to expanding public understanding of science, the environment, and other research topics.

My work — across journalism, research, and product development — centers on in-depth interviewing, analyzing data, identifying patterns, and solving problems.

I am inspired by what’s happening in open news, solutions journalism, and a variety of other efforts to refashion the news business to meet the needs and interests of a growing audience while sustaining the journalists who create it.

I think business model innovation is at the core of sustaining strong journalism and the communities it serves. To that end, I have:

  • developed and launched new revenue-focused projects for Sustainable Industries magazine
  • was part of the team that launched Gigaom Research (RIP)
  • consulted with other publishers on revenue-focused product development and editorial strategy
  • raised $65,000 in crowdfunding for a yearlong reporting project on technology and the environment with 5 other kick-ass environmental journalists.

I love working with teams, and have been a managing editor, product manager, and the editor of a 100-author health and wellness guide for trans people.

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 recent work here.)

I was 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.

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