I believe that education can be a transformative force in our society, and I have been lucky to work with students and faculty across my career to connect coursework with community engagement.
Early in my career I worked for Campus Compact, a national coalition of more than 1,000 college and university presidents—representing 6 million students—committed to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education. Through that work I helped faculty develop civic education projects and supported student organizing efforts focused on building a healthy democracy. Later I coordinated external relations for the organization, including advocacy on national service issues with legislators, the White House, federal agencies, and corporations.
I’ve also had the good fortune to teach and lecture regularly at UMass Amherst where I was a visiting scholar in the Journalism and Communication departments, as well as at the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and the Tow Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at the City University of New York.
I’m a skilled facilitator, adept at navigating groups through complex learning journey’s and strategic discussions. I love to design workshops and courses in formal classroom settings and more informal training programs, and am always looking for ways to keep one foot in education.
Classroom photo by Nathan Dumlao on Unsplash