I use storytelling, data science, and digital media to lift up progressive narratives and support organizing campaigns. Currently, I'm the Data and Communications Manager for Working Partnerships USA, a Silicon Valley-based think tank that combines grassroots organizing and public policy innovation to build the movement for a just economy.
I've worked with a variety of political campaigns, nonprofits, and advocacy groups, including leading the digital program for Yes on E: Opportunity to Work, a first-in-the-nation ballot initiative that addresses involuntary part-time work. While in school, I interned with the Center for American Progress Action Fund in Washington, DC, and the Center on Policy Initiatives in San Diego.
In June 2016, I graduated from the Stanford Journalism Program, where I focused on computational journalism and multimedia storytelling. I studied computer science, machine learning, and data journalism, applying these skills to cover transportation issues for the Peninsula Press (with stories picked up by SFGate and KQED). For my master's thesis, I used machine learning techniques to analyze local government agendas.
I also completed my undergraduate degree at Stanford, receiving a BA with honors in Urban Studies. As an Urban Studies major, I explored key issues facing cities — poverty and inequality, housing and transportation, sustainability and energy — and the political forces that shape policymaking. I also studied a variety of social science methods, including survey research, GIS mapping, and statistical analysis.
When I'm not geeking out about public policy or programming, I can usually be found practicing martial arts. For about 15 years now, I've studied Aikido, a Japanese art that seeks to end a confrontation without unnecessarily injuring the assailant (the photo above is from my black belt exam). For the past few years, I've also been training in Eskrima, a Filipino art involving stick, double-stick, knife, and empty hand techniques.