From my professional start as a journalist at a news magazine in Washington DC, I’ve been motivated by a desire to use communication as a tool to persuade and educate. Along the way, namely from my fifteen years guiding data outreach initiatives at two major foundations, I refined my interest in leveraging public data as a tool to activate an organization’s agenda. In December 2018, I established Hillcrest Advisory to ensure that my clients, too, can be effective communicators of data, harnessing numbers and stories to make a compelling case to constituents.
Vice President, Data Strategy
April 2017-November 2018
I managed Velir’s data storytelling practice, which worked with a diverse range of clients, from universities like Yale to associations like AARP to international consortiums that included the Gates Foundation, the World Bank, and the World Health Organization.
Vice President for Partnerships and Strategy
April 2016-March 2017
As a civic startup, LiveStories, a data storytelling tool, works with governments, nonprofits, philanthropies, and others in the social sector to help them better communicate and engage constituents with data. My position involved working closely with the company’s clients to leverage the LiveStories platform. I also developed new partnerships and helped advance new strategic directions for the company.
California Health Care Foundation
Associate Director, External Engagement and Senior Program Officer
March 2012-April 2016
In this position, I focused on deepening the foundation’s understanding of its core audiences and seeding innovations to meet their needs for data and information. I also guided the foundation’s Free the Data initiative. In this capacity, I invested roughly $8.5 million in projects to improve public access to health and healthcare data in California and worked with entrepreneurs, local policymakers, journalists, and nonprofits to catalyze the development of tools to help meet the growing demand for these data.
Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health
Assistant Vice President, Programs & Partnerships
October 2002-April 2012
I managed the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health’s data-focused communication initiatives. The goal: to ensure this information was used across California to raise the profile of children’s issues and improve their overall health and well being.
Web Managing Editor
March 1997-August 2002
I bolstered and oversaw Stanford’s central web communication apparatus and its overall web presence, and helped the university capitalize on the burgeoning interest in online communications.
The Chronicle of Higher Education
Assistant Editor, Electronic Projects
I helped assemble an online news service for college students by assimilating content, designing the user interface, and devising methods to promote the service.
U.S. News & World Report
I reported on economic policy issues, chiefly health care reform, by attending White House briefings, Congressional hearings, and press conferences with trade organizations. I also regularly wrote about education, technology/new media, travel, and the economy.
Master’s, Community Theory
Washington University in St. Louis