I hail from the barren Mohave desert and named Portland as home 13 years ago after a short stint at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona. Frequently, I am over-excited by things such as Pacific Northwest waterfalls, spring flowers, themed parties, wine tasting, travel planning and science. I can sing the entire Greek Alphabet and have adorable squeaky hiccups.
Founder & Executive Director
of Our Portland Story
Our Portland Story is an ongoing community story project I founded in 2008. We collect stories about Portland by Portlanders from all walks of life, and pair those stories with local designers to create artful snapshots of the city through our published books, events and online content. Find Volumes 1 & 2 at Powell’s Books or learn more at ourportlandstory.com.
AIGA Portland Design for Good Chair
I lead a collaborative Design for Good project with The Right Brain Initiative, a non-profit working to weave the arts back into public schools. The result of our three year partnership is Brain Food,, an exploratory activity deck for kids. Brain Food is a tool to help teachers and parents ignite creative thinking. It challenges young minds to be curious, to dig deeply into subjects like visual art, performance, and design right alongside math, science, and social studies. Through crafting a pop-up museum, or inventing a new language, kids are encouraged to engage in exciting and rich whole-brain thinking.
With support from the community through a successful Kickstarter campaign, we were honored to donate over a thousand of these decks to teachers in Portland metro area public schools in January 2014. The success of Brain Food represents designers going beyond ideation and into the community to make a real impact.Buy Brain Food.
Cut & Paste Digital Design Tournament
I initiated and led the Cut & Paste inaugural event in Portland, bringing a live global design competition to our city.
Clients I love working with
Architectural Heritage Center
Bula Kava House
Columbia Land Trust
Witness to Guantanamo
World Affairs Council
Work I love to do