Beth Schechter - Portrait by Outer Elements

I’m a writer, designer, artist, and researcher based in Portland, OR. My work centers around making complex information digestible by and available to the public.

I currently serve as the Executive Director of the Open Cannabis Project, a nonprofit whose mission is to aggregate data about cannabis plants, creating a resource that can help bring clarity to our understanding of the wide variety of cannabis plants that currently exist.

Prior to taking on this role, I worked as a technical and educational writer and designer. I’ve written curriculum on HTML, CSS, and Javascipt basics, edited a guidebook for communities in Ghana wishing to exercise land tenure rights, and ghostwritten articles on the science of cannabis. My passion and ability in this area were discovered through my work as a co-founder of Maptime, a nonprofit that brings people together in communities around the world, to learn about using open source technology for making maps. I’ve also used these skills to develop a fellowship program at data visualization studio Stamen and to advise experts on how to better present educational materials to beginner audiences.

I hold a MS in Digital Media from Georgia Tech, where my work focused on participatory design with foragers and farmers, and BA in Philosophy from Georgia State University, where I focused on legal theory.