I am an engaged STEM professional who is passionate about education, community building, and gender issues. I am skilled in developing educational and training resources, web content strategy, and strategically thinking about knowledge management and communication. I strive to be an advocate and ally to all people and to create an inclusive culture. I am passionate about the impact of sexism and misogyny on people who identify as women, especially in the STEM fields.

I am currently the IT Service Delivery Lead & Engagement Manager for the Harvard Kennedy School. I also founded (ca. 2013) and co-chair Harvard’s Women in Technology group (@HarvardWIT) and have been organizing lectures and events since then to promote inclusivity at Harvard, to collaborate, and to discuss our experiences as women in technology at Harvard. In 2017, I formed the HarvardWIT Task Force on Diversity & Inclusivity, to promote diversity and inclusivity with specific efforts focused on recruitment, retention, and advancement.

Prior to this, I was a web developer/applications programmer for the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University. I created interactive mapping applications using javascript and ESRI ArcGIS. I was also the Managing Editor for Harvard Papers in Botany and the Web Manager for the Harvard University Herbaria. I started out as a botanist and worked for several years as a horticulturist, and then in a plant phylogenetic lab conducting seed germination studies and DNA sequencing experiments.