When I moved back from Chicago after two months on the Obama campaign, it was bittersweet. I was thrilled that we’d won, and by the enormity of our victory. But I was sad to leave my friends. And as much as I liked my job at Apple, I knew I could do more for the world.
My passion and my work had to be the same thing.
This is why I want to organize. This is why I want to work on climate change.
I’m really excited about tcktcktck’s work and the chance to help tell the story about climate.
My diverse skill set—as a writer, organizer, designer and engineer—will help me succeed as your digital campaign manager.
Here are three of the projects I’ve worked on:
- At Apple, I was part of the team that shipped five major releases of Mac OS X. I focused on core usability issues, improving user interface consistency and the quality of error messages throughout the system. I presented frequently, and audiences — engineers who mete out praise sparingly — wrote that my presentation style “kicks ass,” I am an “excellent speaker,” “lively” and “entertaining” whose talks have a “perfect” level of detail.
- At Obama for America, I had two roles. I spent several weeks in the field: knocking doors, making phone calls, registering voters and recruiting volunteers. After that, I co-developed Vote for Change, which registered over 500,000 voters and helped over 1M voters find their polling place. I built the most comprehensive voting information database in the country.
- Frustrated with the slow place of health care reform and inspired by the heartbreaking stories we heard, my friend Stanford and I created Stories of Health. We drove across California, recording 65 stories and sharing them with the world. While this project was our own, we collaborated with Health Access (HCAN) and Organizing for America to locate storytellers and spread the word.
In each instance, I took on a challenge with significant opportunity for impact. And in each instance, I used my technical, design and rhetorical skills at a moment that offered huge leverage. There are many opportunities to work in the climate space. But few will be as important as tcktcktck’s campaign.
My strong passion for the environment is reflected in my actions: I own a hybrid, but commuted to work by bike and train. I eat little meat and I buy organic. I organized an event where we taught 50 people how to eliminate junk mail. I’m a member of and volunteer for the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition. On my most recent trip home, I replaced my parents’ light bulbs with CFLs.
I’m an early adopter of technology. I was online in the early 1990s, and browsed (“surfed”) the web in 1994 using Netscape 0.9. I was among the first to join Friendster, flickr, dodgeball and twitter. I’m technically and culturally fluent in instant messaging, SMS and social networking. I’ve worked on everything from analytics to online fundraising to geocoding.
While I was at Waterloo, I spent three years at Imprint, discovering a love for writing. By the time I was done, my articles had appeared in every section of the paper and I’d served as News and Arts Editors.
I’ve worked with nonprofits in international development (Engineers Without Borders Canada), progressive politics (New Leaders Council), journalism (Imprint, uwstudent.org) and the arts (Global Lives Project).
My first job as a teenager was at the R&D facility for Canada’s largest newspaper chain. InfoLab’s motto was “Great stories, new ways.”
I want to help tcktcktck tell its story.