I am a storyteller, organizer and engineer who uses technology to empower progressive change.
My deepest interests are in climate change, energy efficiency, bicycle advocacy and international development…but I'm open to new and inspiring ideas.
I’ve worked as software engineer, writer, graphic designer, photographer and political campaigner.
Canadian Merit Scholarship Foundation
I took CMSF’s scholarship application process online. Students win: they get an easier-to-use process and a more polished application. CMSF wins with better data for analysis, real-time tracking of in-progress scholarship applications and an up-to-date geocoded list of every school in Canada.
TurboVote is the Netflix for voting: a one-stop shop to register to vote and request an absentee ballot. We send you a ballot and a pre-addressed, pre-stamped envelope to help you register, and then text and email reminders so you don't miss elections. I also built the best database of local election officials in the United States.
New Leaders Council
After graduating from the NLC Institute, I created and seeded an internal wiki; set up a branded URL shortener; acquired a new twitter handle and created web applications to manage the 40 Under 40 Awards and Institute Fellow selection processes. I also redesigned the donation page and award certificates.
Democratic National Committee
For the 2010 US midterm election, I built a text messaging and IVR-based phonebanking tool. Volunteers who texted OFA’s shortcode received a call back and were immediately connected with a live voter. This let people GOTV anywhere, anytime, without a computer, smartphone or call list.
Engineers Without Borders
Most recently, I co-designed the delegate handbook for Kumvana, EWB’s national conference. I’ve created a wiki and an iGoogle theme, built parts of MyEWB, mapped MPs to postal codes for the Make Poverty History campaign’s letter-writing tool, added functionality to Blue State Digital’s software for the World of Opportunity fundraising campaign and generated targeted mailing lists for fundraising.
Having built two online voter registration systems, I am familiar with the rules, oddities and procedures for voter registration and absentee ballot requests in most US states, territories and the District of Columbia.
My time and money go to causes I believe in: bicycle advocacy, open government, civil liberties and international development. I am a big supporter of Engineers Without Borders Canada and the Sunlight Foundation.
My work has focused on user interface consistency, writing good error messages, training engineers on effective bug reporting, full-stack web application development and Mac OS X.
For eight years, I ran a house concert series in Sunnyvale and San Francisco, California. I presented 52 shows by 43 artists from the United States and Canada.
Latest blog post
Last week, I was on a cold train. A really cold train. I sent the MTA a note about it. To make this complaint actionable, I gave them the train line, approximate time and car number. It is way too … Continue reading
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