My communications hero has always been Abraham Lincoln, the eloquent communicator, colorful storyteller, and tenacious leader. He brought together the perfect blend in communications, the ability to be highly strategic, while speaking from the heart and being heard. What he was able to do through simple, direct language, even when speaking to the most complex situations, changed the course of history and the lives of so many. My goal is always simple, direct communications that deepen true understanding and move people to act.
For more than twenty years I’ve worked with innovators from around the country helping them tell their stories, reach their communities, and achieve their visions of positive change. The work has been all about measurable results in marketing and communications, outcomes, and financial viability.
As a marketing and communications executive at a domestic and international health and human services organization, I led the turn-around of marketing and communications, including the establishment of the organization’s first fully professional marketing and communications program and team, and the implementation of modern, cutting edge infrastructure. As communication staff member at two major international foundations, I led key communications efforts and played central roles in managing impact-oriented grant portfolios. As a consultant I've worked with major foundations, organizations of every size, and community collaboratives.
I began my career in Chicago, where I served as a program staff member for the MacArthur Foundation and worked at organizations that serve youth, elders, and immigrants. I moved to California to become part of the charter team at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.
I am a member of the Public Relations Society of America, the Professional Speechwriters Association, the American Marketing Association, the National Storytelling Network, and Rotary International. I also proudly serve on the boards of Alternatives Inc., a youth services organization in Chicago, and Art with Elders, which brings fine art programs into long-term care facilities in the San Francisco Bay Area. I have previously served as a founding steering committee member of the California State University Institute for Palliative Care, and as a board officer for both LeaderSpring and the California Alliance for Retired Americans, among other advisory and director roles.
I have a B.A. from Knox College in creative writing, a Master's in Nonprofit Administration from the University of San Francisco School of Management (an MBA for the social sector), and studied photography at Columbia College Chicago. I'm currently studying improv at Chicago's Second City and storytelling with international storyteller Scott Whitehair.
When our son headed to college, my husband and I moved back to Chicagoland after a long stretch -- and many hikes -- in the San Francisco Bay Area. We love Chicago, with it's wonderful people, vibrant arts and culinary scenes, and its powerful sense of community.