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It all started when I read a book about India in order to prepare for a trip to Mexico.


I was 11, and my church youth group had organized a mission trip to Juarez. For “homework” we had to read a book about Mother Theresa. With this simple assignment, the whole world opened up to me. I developed a deep curiosity about social issues and an undeniable love of culture and travel.


I am especially fascinated by the many ways that people classify and represent their experiences- whether for creative purposes or to have their voices heard.


These passions have led me to a career in advocacy, international development and communications.


I tell stories (both mine and others’) through writing, photography, video and web production.


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MA, International Media

American University

BA, International Relations/East Asian Studies

Boston University




Travel Writing Workshops  2014, 2015

Iceland Writers Retreat, Reykjavik

National Geographic Expeditions Photography Workshop

Washington, D.C.

Travel Writing

Matador, Online

Conflict Mapping

U.S. Institute for Peace, Washington, D.C.

Media, Democratization and Civil Society

Central European University, Budapest




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  • 40Brown Articles and opinions about travel, development communications, social marketing, cross cultural communications, and other communication for social change topics.
  • GradMama (no longer maintained)Personal reflections about balancing motherhood and graduate school, Featured in the Idealist Grad School Project


  • The Global Broadband and Innovations Program Web Portal (2011-2012)a multimedia resource portal and social network for development professionals interested in incorporating Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) into their work. The site supported nine subdomains, each providing news, analysis and resources on the implementation of ICTs in the following sectors: Agriculture, Economic Growth, Education, Environment and Natural Resources Management, Health, Humanitarian Assistance, Mobile Money, Connectivity
  • Integra LLC– (2011-2013) Corporate Site for Integra LLC. Built on the WordPress platform, the site features interactive maps, embedded multimedia, program updates/blog posts, forms, dynamic drop down menus, front page slider
  • “Invisible Population – Refugees with Disabilities in Jordan”Co-author with Alanna Wong, Website and Case Study, December 2008
  • Pearls of Africa (no longer updated) Redesigned the site in 2008 using WordPress.


  • Fighting Spirits– Wrote, edited, narrated and produced– 14 min short documentary about disability in Uganda (2007)
  • David Burke Awards Presentations – wrote, edited, narrated short video presentations of journalists around the world who have been honored for their excellence. I also created the motion graphics (in After Effects) for all title slides. (2013)

Please check out the Portfolio section of this site for

multimedia clips and examples of theses productions.


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  • United Nations Volunteers and NetAid 2002 Online Volunteer of the Year
  • Recipient of Intercultural Management Institute 2008 Education and Development Fund Scholarship





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“If a nation loses its storytellers, it loses its childhood.”

—Peter Handke



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