A little bit about me
If you're interested in working with me, you'll be getting a researcher, writer, community organizer and well-versed nonprofit administrator. I've spent the past two decades working and volunteering for a variety of nonprofits, including start-ups, universities, medical schools, community organizations, and grassroots advocacy groups.
I have chosen each position and client based on my interest in the mission, the ability to utilize my talents and skills to further that mission, and the professional challenge and learning opportunities that the job afforded me.
My work has encompassed management of day-to-day operations, grant/contract writing and administration, program and event coordination, public outreach and marketing, board and volunteer development, preparation of reports for internal parties and external funders, quality assurance, data management, planning & evaluation, orientation and training of staff, direct service with program participants, and designing systems that help organizations achieve their goals.
In terms of my academic background, I received my Masters in Public Administration from the Baruch School of Public & International Affairs. I was inducted into the global honor society for public affairs and administration, Pi Alpha Alpha, while working toward my degree.
My graduate thesis was an examination of "Founder's Syndrome" and how it impacts nonprofit organizations that aren't prepared to transition into their next phase of development. I chose action research as my framework, since I have always believed it's important for theories to have practical application. The outcome of my work resulted in the development of a homeschool resource center for families, who were unsettled by the effects that this "syndrome" was having on the leadership of their children's former school.
I received my B.A. from Eugene Lang College, of the New School in New York City. My focus was on political theory and the influence of the mass media in our society. Prior to college, I attended a democratic free school in Massachusetts. As you can see, egalitarian values have informed my life from a young age and they continue to play a role in the way I work with others.