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

I am the vice president of business development at ProPublica, a nonprofit newsroom producing investigative and accountability journalism in the public interest. I’m a board member for the Online News Association and the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing, and I sit on the advisory board for MICRO — an startup that’s building a fleet of tiny science museums that make learning fun and accessible.

My work — across journalism, research, and product development — centers on listening to people, analyzing data, identifying patterns, and solving problems. 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 think business model innovation is at the core of sustaining strong journalism and the communities it serves.

I love working with other people to make wonderful things happen professionally — and personally. I’m a trustee with AwesomeNYC, the local Awesome Foundation chapter, and an active member of the Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club, where I organize paddle-in movie nights, concerts, and other cultural events on my favorite local Superfund site. 

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 the waterways of New York City.

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