I am a storyteller.
I am a creator. I am an artist. Telling stories is a beautiful, messy, ever-changing, imperfect process. I help make them great.
Who I am
I am a three-time Emmy award-winning producer based in the Washington D.C. area. Currently, I produce and manage interactives, video, podcasts, and photography for CFR Digital, at the Council on Foreign Relations. In 2008, as part of a team of new media journalists, I won a News and Documentary Emmy award for Crisis Guide: Darfur, an interactive multimedia presentation that takes a look at the genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan. Then again in 2009, I won a Business and Financial Reporting Emmy award for Crisis Guide: The Global Economy. We were honored with a third Emmy award in 2012 for Crisis Guide: Iran. I’m currently executive producing a new series of interactive long-form explainers, called InfoGuides. So far we have produced seven in the franchise, the most recent focusing on the crisis and conflict in the Eastern Congo.
To have empathy is a beginning and not an end. It's the start of a conversation, not the finish. And from it can come healing and growth. But damn it's hard.
The Secret to Talking is Listening
The truest form of listening is when you can remove yourself from the act and just focus on what the other person has to say.
Lead, Don’t Manage
Leadership is about looking forward. It's about looking to the future to what is possible. Management, on the other hand, is about looking backwards to the pack, worrying about all the little details, many of which are completely out of your control.
You Can Only Pick Two
This one comes from my mentor in grad school, Norman Hollyn, the author of the Film ...
Thoughts Aren’t Real
We "think" that what goes on up in our heads is the be-all and end-all manifestation of our true inner core, or soul, or self. Nope. They are just thoughts.
Never Say “No” in an Email
Don't put a "no" response back to some in the written word. There are many, many reasons for this but here are my top ones.
Always Say “Yes” in an Email
If someone wants you to do something and your answer is "yes," put it in an email.
If You Don’t Care, They Won’t Either
If you discard something or show no interest in it, people around you won't either. However, the opposite is luckily true.
Build Legos, Freeform
Lego sets in the "olden day" were freeform. There were no instructions. No movie tie-ins. You just built stuff.
I have an MFA in film production from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts and a BA in anthropology from SUNY at Buffalo. I’ve worked in the media industry since 2002, including stints at Pixar and Miramax, along with experience on feature-length documentaries, animation projects, special effects, and television. I’ve presented at Education Day at CFR, in addition to panels at ONA, Doc in Progress, and more.