For more than ten years, I have served nonprofit organizations working in the arts, environment, design, and social sectors. Specializing in development and organizational strategy, my approach is based on first understanding the whole nonprofit and recognizing the interdependence of multiple functions. I have a deep appreciation for the unique contributions and challenges of small- and mid-size nonprofits, and in the jack-of-all-trades spirit of our field, I bring my full range of expertise to any engagement.
Prior to consulting, I was a Managing Director at the David Brower Center, where I led the organization as part of a collaborative team. I've also held positions in development, programming, and communications at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, American Institute of Architects, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, and Harder+Company Community Research. I was a founding member of the Createquity editorial team, have served on a Cultural Equity grants panel at the San Francisco Arts Commission, graduated from the Rockwood Leadership Institute’s Art of Leadership program, and maintain a membership with BoardSource.
I've long been attracted to experimental and grassroots community building projects, and have participated in social justice, peace, and environmentalist activist movements since 2001. I believe culture is deeply linked to social progress, and am currently dedicating my time to organizing the Situationist-inspired urban hiking community Wanderers Union and radical bookstore 34 Trinity Arts & News. I also recently served as an artist-in-residence at SFMOMA and developed an augmented reality game inspired by early 20th Century Dada poetry for the PlaySFMOMA program.
I received a B.A. in English Literature from U.C. Berkeley with highest honors and Phi Beta Kappa, and completed graduate-level courses in English and Critical Theory at U.C. Irvine before deciding to dedicate myself to nonprofit work. In 2016, I spent six months in Mexico City, where I took intensive Spanish language courses at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).
I am a first-generation American; my parents escaped Soviet Czechoslovakia in 1968 and arrived in California shortly thereafter.