Skills

A long (and yet still not exhaustive!) list of my skills. For more about my professional experience, click here. To contact me, click here.

Entrepreneurship/startups

I’ve built several thriving online communities and had two successful exits as a founder.

  • Fundraising
  • Lean canvas development
  • Business plan development
  • Market size/opportunity assessment
  • Financial model development
  • Operations & management
  • Marketing & audience development
  • Revenue development, sales, & sales program development
  • Startup incubator & mentorship programs

Money

I have often been the “money person” on innovation projects, largely because it doesn’t frighten me to ask for money. I’ve raised over $3M in grants. I have also worked directly with pitching customers and pricing products.

  • Venture fundraising
  • Grant fundraising
  • Startup incubator pitches
  • Working with customers to arrive at a deal for products/services
  • Pricing products/services

Nonprofit Growth & Management

Many people think nonprofits are fundamentally different from for profits – but just like any other organization, they need to develop something that people need, and develop a strategy for supporting that, including bringing money in the door.

I have served on the boards and done board development work with a number of mission-driven organizations, and through my work at INN, was able to help our 140+ nonprofit organizations grow, raise money, and reach their goals.

  • Grant & foundation fundraising
  • Board development
  • Strategic planning
  • Online & mobile giving platforms
  • Donor management platforms

Technical Skills

In the past, I’ve typically been in founder and product management roles, but I recently decided to upgrade my tech knowledge and skills by enrolling in the intensive web development program at General Assembly. My aim in doing this was to become a better founder and manager of tech teams through deepening my understanding of the development process and modern web & mobile development technologies. I am now conversant in the following and have the ability to rapidly “skill up” on a new technology stack, and rapidly build a prototype to test an idea with an audience or demonstrate its potential to funders.

 

Tech Skills

Botpress (open source chatbot framework)
ngrok
Ember.js

Javascript

Node.js

Django/Python

Leaflet.js

D3.js

Ruby

Rails

SQL

NPR App Template

Pym

Postgres

MongoDB

Heroku

Git/Github

CMS based sites (Drupal, WordPress, etc)

LMS based sites (Open EdX, Moodle)

HTML/CSS

Flat-file sites (Github Pages, Jekyll)

Large data file analysis (Excel, CSVKit, etc)

 

 

Data Visualization

In addition to web development skills, I have a longtime interest in data visualization as a way to harness strategic insights and communicate them to teams and funders. I designed the Data Visualization Fundamentals course for General Assembly, an education startup.

Data Visualization Skills
D3.js: Javascript data visualization framework

Chartbuilder

Tableau

Mapping: Data-driven maps (TileMill, Leaflet, StoryMap, Google Maps)

Excel (of course, as a foundational skill for everything above)

Tabletop.js

Data journalism/data storytelling

Leaflet.js (See The Basics of Data-Driven Maps with Leaflet.js, a walkthrough I created).

 

Membership/Subscribers/Engagement/Audience Development

I’ve worked with many organizations that want to develop recurring sources of revenue through membership or subscriber programs.

  • Email marketing & automation
  • Mobile payment/fundraising systems
  • Social retargeting (using social media data to match individuals with products & content)
  • Data & analytics
  • Knowledge of public media organizations and independent, not-for-profit news organizations (Bringing NPR-style fundraising into other organizations)
  • Audience/customer research

Human-centered design processes/Market Based Product Management

I have a real passion for matching solutions with users — and making sure the market is big enough to support a new product.

 

Human Centered Design Skills/Market Based Product Management
Interviewing users for product development insights

Running design sessions for stakeholders

Vetting and evaluating design and web development partners

Writing an initial spec/site or app plan to share with stakeholders

Identifying and evaluating web developers/web development firms for projects

 

Market research (is the market you’re targeting big enough? is it growing?)

Competitive analysis

Business canvas/MVP planning

Using projects as a way of giving tech teams the opportunity to move into modern ways of working (Agile/Scrum) with more modern infrastructure/tools.

 

 

Random

  • Motorcycles and scooters. I own a small-format motorcycle that’s a cult favorite in Japan. Simple and powerful, it has no electric starter — I have to kick start it. I got my start with two wheeled vehicles with Vespas and still own one, which I am rehabbing.
  • Zombie Apocalypse Survival Skills: It surprises me that I have developed an interest in the kind of old-fashioned skills my grandmother would have known intimately. I can make blankets, can vegetables and fruit, and I have a large kitchen garden in my backyard. If the zombie apocalypse comes, come to my house: we’ll still have food.
  • Sure, everybody’s interested in brunch. But not everybody throws brunch for 40 on the regular like I do.
  • Contemporary art. I developed an interest in contemporary art and go to gallery openings and collect works by contemporary artists, primarily abstract work. I also write about it, on a static/Jekyll based site I developed from scratch.
  • I volunteer with a number of organizations that work with recovering women in the Boston area.
  • I helped create and launch The Magic Pill, an NPR podcast that is also a 21-day exercise challenge. This project won the Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Innovation.

I’ve been very fortunate in my career to lead teams doing award-winning work. To learn more about my professional background, view awards and board service, or see a chronological listing of my career, start here.