Entrepreneurship; storytelling; communications; strategy and operations; startups and early-stage organization research and development; international community and network development; marketing; interactive, video and online content production. Fluent in English and Spanish.
Founded and leading tech company Vayable.com, the world's #1 global marketplace for unique experiences in more than 1000 cities in 100 countries throughout the globe. Vayable raised more than $2M from top Silicon Valley investors in technology and travel, to transform how people experience the world and each other.
Designed, developed and built global platform and content for meditation courses. In the first year grew community to more than 50,000 active participants, $150K in revenue and more than 200 people completing a two-year instructor and 10-day meditation retreat.
Together with CNN's Van Jones and Google, created Project Empathy, a series of virtual reality narratives that allow the public to experience what it's like to be a victim of the U.S. prison system. The films have been screened internationally in universities, film festivals and are being used in psychology labs to measure the impact of VR on empathy.
Created concepts and wrote copy for Adobe, Comcast, Sprint Bank of Australia and other brands.
Produced and contributed to writing field segments, helping the show with two Emmys and a Peabody.
Produced and wrote for projects for Sundance Channel Digital, Kickstarter, independent creative projects.
Performed archival research, office management and general production assistance for Michael Moore’s films, Fahrenheit 9/11 and Slacker Uprising.
Performed archival research, transcriptions, assistant editing and story development for documentaries The Persuaders (Frontline) and Kinsey (PBS American Experience).
Provided support to attorneys at the country’s largest civil rights law firm. Performed daily phone intake from incarcerated individuals seeking legal help.
Reporting directly to the president of the organization, I researched developed and wrote a recommendations for Food Aid strategy and how to build a cross-organizational, international hunger alert system for the president to inform organizational strategy.
Provided community development and construction assistance in Honduras, West Bank, Israel and Gaza.
Performed general office duties and provided support to Representative George Miller (D-CA) and his staff.
Graduate School of Journalism Masters Project: Post-traumatic stress disorder and combat veterans.
Majored in History with concentration in Intellectual History/Philosophy. Thesis: The Reconstruction of Spanish History as a Political Exile.
Completed coursework in History, Politics and linguistics in Spanish.
Completed coursework in History, Cognitive Psychology, Sociology and Theater in Spanish.
Solas Award for Best Travel & Food Story, The best story where food or drink plays a role in introducing the traveler to a foreign culture or new friends (2018).
Certified Instructor in Meditation, International Center for Buddhist Studies, Alicante, Spain (2018).
Certified Instructor in Cultivating Emotional Balance (CEB), Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies (2016).
Best in VR, Digital Hollywood
Forbes Up and Comers, Forbes Magazine (2013).
Top Founders to Watch, Business Insider (2012).
Chancellor Scholar, Columbia University
Awarded for academic achievement & commitment to leadership in broadcast journalism (2005)
Butterfield Prize, Wesleyan University
Awarded by the University president for quality of character, leadership, intellectual commitment and concern for the community (2002).
Honors in History
Received for academic performance and honors thesis (2002).
Gilbert Harrison Clee Dana Grant, Wesleyan University
Awarded to conduct an internship that bridges the gap between the public sector and private enterprises (2001).