Storytelling; communications; startups and early-stage organization research and development; international community and network development; marketing; interactive, video and online content production.
PARAMITA / CO-CREATOR AND DIRECTOR
NOVEMBER 2016 - SEPTEMBER, 2018
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.
PROJECT EMPATHY / CO-CREATOR AND EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
DECEMBER 2015 - SEPTEMBER, 2016
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.
VAYABLE/ FOUNDER AND CEO
DECEMBER 2010 - DECEMBER 2017
Founded and in 2017 sold 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.
GOODBY, SILVERSTEIN AND PARTNERS/ WRITER
MAY 2009 - JUNE 2010
Created concepts and wrote copy for Adobe, Comcast , Sprint Bank of Australia and other brands.
THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART/ PRODUCER
APRIL 2007 - MARCH 2009
Produced and contributed to writing field segments, helping the show with two Emmys and a Peabody.
FREELANCE/ WRITER AND PRODUCER
JULY 2006 - FEBRUARY 2007
Produced and wrote for projects for Sundance Channel Digital, Kickstarter, independent creative projects.
DOG EAT DOG/ PRODUCTION COORDINATOR
OCTOBER 2003 - JUNE 2005
Performed archival research, office management and general production assistance for Michael Moore’s films, Fahrenheit 9/11 and Slacker Uprising.
ARK MEDIA/ ASSOCIATE PRODUCER
SEPTEMBER 2003 - MAY 2004
Performed archival research, transcriptions, assistant editing and story development for documentaries The Persuaders (Frontline) and Kinsey (PBS American Experience).
NAACP LEGAL DEFENSE AND EDUCATION FUND/ PARALEGAL
JUNE 2002 - AUGUST 2003
Provided support to attorneys at the country’s largest civil rights law firm. Performed daily phone intake from incarcerated individuals seeking legal help.
ACTION CONTRE LA FAIM/ DEVELOPMENT INTERN
JUNE 2001 - AUGUST 2001
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.
AMERICAN JEWISH WORLD SERVICE/VOLUNTEER
JUNE 2000 - AUGUST 2000
Provided community development and construction assistance in Honduras, West Bank, Israel and Gaza.
U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES/ INTERN
JUNE 1997 - AUGUST 1997
Performed general office duties and provided support to Representative George Miller (D-CA) and his staff.
COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY / MASTERS OF SCIENCE
AUGUST 2005 - MAY, 2006, NEW YORK, NY
Graduate School of Journalism Masters Project: Post-traumatic stress disorder and combat veterans.
WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY / BACHELOR OF ARTS
AUGUST 1998 - MAY 2002, MIDDLETOWN, CT
Majored in History with concentration in Intellectual History/Philosophy. Thesis: The Reconstruction of Spanish History as a Political Exile.
UNIVERSITAT DE BARCELONA / COURSEWORK
JANUARY 2000 - MAY 2000, BARCELONA, SPAIN
Completed coursework in History, Politics and linguistics in Spanish.
INSTITUTO INTERNACIONAL / COURSEWORK
JANUARY 2001 - MAY 2001, MADRID, SPAIN
Completed coursework in History, Cognitive Psychology, Sociology and Theater in Spanish.
awards + certificates
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).