Who I Am

I have spent most of my life fighting for things I care deeply about. From helping to bring family wage jobs to rural Oregon to leading an international dialogue about food and water insecurity, and from running a campaign that provides resources for little kids who are not getting their basic needs met to helping ensure that our public buildings are employing energy efficiency systems so that we keep both costs and carbon emissions down.

I bring extensive experience in economic development, communications and public engagement to my clients on a regular basis, tapping into the deep relationships that I built over the course of my career. My tenure as Chief of Staff to Mayor Tom Potter, as Senior Economic Development & Workforce Policy Advisor to Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski, and as Market Development Director for McKinstry Oregon, have all contributed to what I bring to my work. (Before moving to Oregon, I did lots of other things in NY, Arizona, Sacramento, and San Diego. I can tell you all about that if we work together.)

Throughout my career, I have discovered two things over and over again that guide my work. First, most people are awesome (as in awe inspiring, not as in “dude”), and second, as people, we have more in common than we believe we do. When we remember these two things, lots and lots of things can happen, never mind the naysayers.

PS – I also have two wonderful kids who have become lovely young adults, and two sweet (and kind of hilarious) dogs named Stanley and Frida.


Photo credit: Griffin Ulsh