“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”
Quality storytelling about families and Marguerite Casey Foundation’s mission go hand in hand. It’s this intersection that keeps me engaged each day at work. Why? The U.S. has always been about hope, opportunities, progress, inclusion and equity for all. Poverty has never benefited anyone.
At the Foundation, I assist with communications projects of all types – but especially multimedia storytelling for Equal Voice, the digital platform that focuses on families nationwide. I still believe in the power of stories. Stories, along with what families do daily to make progress, give me hope.
My career as a journalist has taken me from the marble halls of the U.S. Congress to the aqua waters of Guam. In between I’ve had stints traveling in China, where my grandparents were born, and serving as a freelance writer for Lonely Planet Publications.
From 2002 to 2009, I worked as a reporter for the Seattle–Post Intelligencer. I interviewed the Dalai Lama, covered one of the largest human trafficking cases ever prosecuted on U.S. soil, chased breaking news and learned about biotechnology, the economy and Boeing as a business reporter. I moved more deeply into multimedia and online journalism as an editor for AOL’s Patch.com.
I grew up in Sunnyvale, California, but traveled often to Oakland, where my parents were raised. As a young person, I enjoyed pedaling my bicycle down the California coast and camping with friends.
I earned my bachelor’s degree in American Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz and my master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University. I joined the Foundation in 2013.