The short story:
I am an emerging digital communications professional based in Denver, Colorado with a passion for storytelling that changes hearts and minds. My current strengths are in social media strategy and blogging, and I am dedicated to improving my basic skills in photography, short documentaries, and promotional films for non-profits. I care deeply about work that is respectful and inclusive of diverse cultural backgrounds and identities. This work is more than a job for me: it is a lifestyle.
This web portfolio is meant to provide a brief sample of my broad skillset. I am always open to new opportunities for professional growth and collaboration. Have an idea for how we can work together? I would love to hear from you.
The long story:
Years ago, while serving as a community health educator with the Peace Corps in Zambia, two members of my host family passed away within two weeks of one another—one suddenly and unexpectedly from HIV-related causes. As a privileged volunteer focused on HIV prevention, I dealt with my personal guilt about not being able to prevent my host family member’s death by writing about it. I poured my heart out on my personal blog.
A few weeks later, an acquaintance emailed me to say that she was moved by the stories I wrote. She asked whether there was anything she could do to get involved from Colorado and if I recommended any organizations for her donations. I didn’t know it at the time, but this moment was the first seed that eventually flourished into a passion for impactful and compelling storytelling that inspires public involvement in meaningful social impact projects. I would later go on to spearhead a grassroots social media campaign that addressed infant mortality disparities affecting Black and Latinx communities in Denver—this project inspired me to eventually earn a master’s degree in international affairs and media from The New School in New York City.
Over the course of my graduate degree program, I served in short-term digital media roles at organizations of all sizes, including Half the Sky/A Path Appears Movements, Doctors Without Borders, Feet in 2 Worlds, Americas Quarterly, and The New School’s Graduate Program in International Affairs. I also produced several short student films for graduate school courses and worked with a group of five peers to direct, edit, and produce an advocacy documentary about Maya women’s weaving cooperatives in Guatemala.
I am currently developing new projects and look forward to sharing that work here soon. Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to know a little bit about me.
View my resume here.