I build and develop teams that work to shape the future of the United States.
We live in unusual times, bursting with opportunity despite growing societal turbulence and complexity. We have the tools to create a society that works for everyone - if we can summon the vision, strategy, and focus required to do so.
I work on the frontier, exploring emerging opportunities in business and politics.
I support ventures, projects, policy efforts, and political candidates that aim to ensure that society in the United States meets its full potential.
My specific craft is building and developing teams. That includes talent brand strategy, culture design, hiring process design, mid-level & executive search, modern recruiting tools & platforms, and professional development & career-pathing.
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(I'm currently building something new, but it's not ready to meet the world just yet.)
Hillary for America
Director of Talent Acquisition & Development (2015-2016)
I was asked to oversee the recruiting & professional development operations for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. We had a particular focus on hiring a diverse workforce, and we were successful in creating the most diverse campaign team in history.
I joined the campaign in April 2015, and designed a recruiting plan to accommodate a steep staffing ramp. The $1B campaign operation would come to include over 4,500 staffers in over 500 offices across the country.
My talent acquisition work included applicant tracking system selection & configuration, hiring process design, recruiting support, hiring priorities and timelines, our internship program (which brought 800+ college students into our HQ teams), and a range of other projects associated with staff hiring, professional development, and deployment.
My talent development work included a coaching program that gave 50 of our team leads access to a professional coach, a Management 101 workshop series for our staff, and a “management pulse” survey that kept our managers accountable to their teams. Managers who participated in our development programs showed 33% improvement, compared to just 7% improvement for those who didn't.
In the end, we were not successful in delivering Hillary Clinton to the White House. Though the consequences of the 2016 election will be felt for years to come, we can all work to forge a future for our country that is vibrant, optimistic, and inclusive.
Cofounder & CEO (2011-2015)
I cofounded ReWork in 2011 to make it easier for talented people to build careers worth having, working on society's most pressing challenges. Since its founding, ReWork has supported tens of thousands of talented professionals with career design and job transitions, and has helped hundreds of mission-driven hiring managers find the right person for their team.
ReWork provides recruiting and org design services to organizations that are working to transform the fields of education, economic development, healthcare, and financial services, among many others.
Building ReWork introduced me to highs and lows of entrepreneurship - the hustle required to find and close sales, the difficult work of getting & keeping a team on the same page about strategy and priorities, managing trade-offs in decisions that affect the company and its team, dealing with daily and weekly setbacks punctuated by bursts of progress - a wild ride!
Misc Projects & Adventures (2008-2010)
I spent the years after graduating college doing a wide range of work projects and activities, as I searched for what type of work I found to be meaningful and challenging in the right ways.
During these years I wrote business plans and did research projects for new ventures, wrote grants that secured $1.5M in funding for a few nonprofits, installed rain barrels and residential energy efficiency upgrades, did construction work, worked on an internal innovation project for Nielsen, led backcountry trail crews in US National Parks and ecotourism trips in Latin America, peddled fudge at a CostCo in Florida (true story), produced a coupon book featuring socially conscious companies in Pittsburgh, and worked with a friend to start a part-time craigslist-based moving company that earned over $12,000 during its existence.
This exploration - though often turbulent and full of uncertainty - exposed me to a wide range of work environments, company missions, types of managers and leadership styles, and other experiences that shaped me and helped me understand my place in the world.
My networks are entrepreneurial, progressive, and politically engaged.
My academic background is in ecology, economics, and complex systems.
New York City Venture Fellows
Fellow // 2015
I was honored to be one of 33 entrepreneurs selected for the New York City Venture Fellows program, which selects the most promising startup leaders in New York and pairs them with mentors, peer-learning opportunities, and introductions to seasoned investors.
New Leaders Council
Fellow, New York City // 2015
I was one of 20 millennial leaders selected for the New York City region to join the NLC community for a five-month program designed to introduce us to the world of progressive policy, politics, campaigns, and organizing.
Executive Program // December 2012
At this program we spent 10 days examining the technological development of networks & computing systems, renewable energy sources & storage technologies, nanotechnology & molecular assembly, robotics & artificial intelligence, neuroscience, and 3D printing & distributed manufacturing.
Fellow // 2011
I spent six weeks living in a house with 24 other entrepreneurs and 60+ mentors - specialists in branding, startup finance, team building, operations, fundraising, communications, and more - learning how to build a mission-driven startup.
Blekinge Tekniska Hogskola
Masters of Science, Strategic Sustainable Development
I went to Karlskrona, Sweden to study strategic sustainable development under Karl-Henrik Robert. The program revolves around a methodology that companies and governments can use to improve their competitive advantage while strategically addressing social and environmental challenges.
Thesis: Embedding socio-economic sustainability into impact investor due diligence.
University of Vermont
Bachelor of Arts, Global Human Impact Studies
I studied the interconnected systemic issues that society has become aware of in recent decades – from climate change and consequences of fossil fuel use, to ecological collapse and biodiversity loss, to topsoil erosion and deforestation, to preventable disease, malnutrition, and poverty.
Thesis: Ecological wastewater treatment in Stonetown, Zanzibar: A feasibility analysis.
School for International Training
Coastal Ecology in Zanzibar
I lived with a local family in Stonetown, learned Swahili, and studied marine and coastal ecosystems, including whale shark migration patterns and population dynamics of large mammals in Saadani National Park.