I am a highly skilled writer with a proven ability to engage and inspire readers.

I have written extensively for newspapers, magazines, and the worldwide web. Most recently, I have been helping high-tech companies communicate their value to customers, investors, and employees. To see examples of my writing, check out the Contrarian Minds series:

Work experience

Work experience
Feb 2010 - May 2010

Internal Communications Manager

Oracle Corporation

In this transitional position, I helped the company communicate the strategic value of its largest acquisition to date.

  • Created and implemented a nine-part series introducing Oracle employees to the products and technologies of newly acquired Sun Microsystems.

  • Followed that with a second five-part series highlighting research projects underway in Sun Labs.

  • Collaborated with Oracle University to revamp its website for clarity and ease of use.

1992 - 2010

Communications Specialist

Sun Microsystems

Helped the company tell its story through marketing communications, executive communications, and employee communications.

  • Wrote corporate overviews, annual reports, product brochures, and web content to help customers and investors understand Sun.

  • Drove recognition of Sun's thought leadership as the ghostwriter behind executive perspectives in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Harvard Business Review, among other publications.

  • Created online profiles of Sun's top engineers and executives — Scott McNealy, James Gosling, Jonathan Schwartz, Greg Papadopoulos, and others — to engage and inspire employees.

1987 - 1992

Senior Copy Editor

San Francisco Focus

Edited stories from writers such as Amy Tan, Anne Lamott, and Armistead Maupin. Wrote personality profiles, travel articles, restaurant reviews, and short humor pieces.

1986 - 1987

Assistant Editor

Chevron USA Odyssey

Wrote, edited, and proofed articles for this national travel magazine. Facilitated copy flow between editorial, typesetting, and production departments. Helped with editorial planning,  research, and fact-checking.

1984 - 1986

Associate Editor

Runner's World

Edited the magazine's sports medicine column and other regular departments, coordinated the work of five regional editors, and wrote occasional articles.

1980 - 1981

News Reporter

The World

Operated one-man news bureau in Gold Beach for daily newspaper in Coos Bay. Covered local government, schools, police, and the courts.

1978 - 1980

Feature Writer

Community Press

Wrote personality profiles and human-interest stories for weekly newspaper in the state capital.


1974 - 1977

Bachelor of Arts

Was chief feature writer on student newspaper. Interned with the Oregon Statesman, a daily newspaper in nearby Salem.