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.

Technical

In the past, I’ve typically been in product lead roles, but recently finished the Web Development Intensive at General Assembly. ┬áDuring the program, participants build four full-stack web applications in a variety of tech stacks.

  • Javascript
  • Node.js
  • Ember.js
  • Leaflet.js
  • D3.js
  • Ruby
  • Rails
  • SQL
  • 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)
  • Tablet-friendly immersive stories
  • Large data file analysis (Excel, CSVKit, etc)

Membership/Engagement

I’ve worked with organizations (primarily but not only news organizations) who are transitioning to digital, recurring support from members and subscribers.

  • 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
  • Audience research

Product management/User research

I have a real passion for matching solutions with users — and making sure the market is big enough to support a new product. In that work, I’ve used:

  • Human-centered design processes
  • 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.

 

Data Visualization

I teach a number of data visualization classes at General Assembly, and I also run Data For Radicals, a site for people who want to use charts and graphs to change the world for the better. The site features step-by-step “cookbook style” tutorials.

  • Fundamentals: I teach the Data Visualization Fundamentals course at General Assembly Boston.
  • D3.js: Javascript data visualization framework
  • Chartbuilder
  • Tableau
  • Mapping:┬áData-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).

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.

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

Nonprofits

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.

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

Entrepreneurship/startups

  • Lean canvas development
  • Business plan development
  • Market size/opportunity assessment
  • Financial model development
  • Operations & management
  • 2 successful exits as a founder
  • Startup incubator & mentorship programs

I’ve been very fortunate in my career to lead teams doing award-winning work. To learn more about my professional background, click here.

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.
  • Brunch. 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.
  • Volunteering. I volunteer with a number of organizations that work with recovering women in the Boston area.
  • Podcasting. 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, click here.