curriculum vitae


SkillS

 

Storytelling;  communications;  startups and early-stage organization development; international community and network development;  marketing; interactive, video and online content production.

 

experience

 

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.  

 

Education

 

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
(2016).

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).