My work centers around making complex information digestible, available, actionable, and beautiful.
I’ve written curriculum on HTML, CSS, and Javascipt basics, edited a guidebook for communities in Ghana wishing to exercise land tenure rights, ghostwritten articles on the science of cannabis, and diagrammed how the patent system works with cannabis plants. I’m currently editing a textbook on the science of tattooing, writing a report on cannabis and the Green New Deal, and project managing a robotics project.
Love of learning as professional practice
This practice began over a decade ago at Alternative Apparel, where I put my writing skills to work first with internal messaging and employee handbooks as their Office Manager, and then externally as a copyeditor in their marketing department. Working with words and the web led me to pursue a Masters in Digital Media at Georgia Tech, where I developed graphic, web, and participatory design skills, primarily through a robotics-meets-organic-farming project called the GrowBot Garden.
Wishing to dive deep into online communities, art, design, and data, in 2012 I moved from my hometown of Atlanta, GA, to San Francisco, CA. There, in addition to freelancing, I worked as an administrator at Burning Man, and in my off hours helped artists like Zachary Coffin and Katy Boynton to promote their work and bring their projects to life. I later worked in business development, education, and outreach at data visualization studio Stamen Design. During that time, and in pursuit of becoming a better programmer, some friends and I accidentally started a movement that would become known as Maptime — an organization that continues to bring people together in communities around the world to learn about using open source technology for making maps. This interest in education was infused back into Stamen through the development of a data visualization and mapping fellowship program, in collaboration with Gray Area Foundation for the Arts.
Coinciding with a move to Portland, OR, in 2015, I took a position as a curriculum writer for women-focused and run online technology education company, Skillcrush, where I was able to hone my instructional design skills. Since then, I’ve worked as a freelance writer and designer, helping nonprofits, small businesses, science companies, and artists to organize and share information in a way that authentically represents their brand and voice. This ultimately brought me to the world of cannabis and a role running the Open Cannabis Project, cultivating an expertise in cannabis data, intellectual property law, and ethics.
Since the organization closed in May 2019, I’ve returned to my freelance practice and a broadened subject matter base. I look forward to continuing to learn and share through diving into new subject matter.
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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.