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Work & Volunteer History

Sep 2016Present

Technology, Data & Policy Analyst

Office of Innovation, Baltimore City Department of Social Services
  • Using R, Tableau and related analytical software, automated several reports involving information filtering and graphing, reducing reporting time from 3 hours/week to 5 minutes/week
  • Becoming lean intermediate certified by standardizing the process of programming and naming conventions throughout the department
  • Initiating novel, technology-based smart city policy solutions to further develop Baltimore's infrastructure and empower its most at-risk residents
Sep 2016Present

Fellow

Baltimore Corps
  • Participating in awareness training to identify how to better promote racial equity in work
  • Connecting with other fellows and stakeholders throughout the city to stay informed about the Baltimore community
  • Assisting the CEO and organizational staff with improvements to the programming and support structure
  • Serving as an advocate for the organization's mission and improvement of the city through writing and speaking engagements
Apr 2015Dec 2015

Innovation Specialist

U.S. General Services Administration
  • Implemented analytics-based software and practices to provide head of the office with metrics and real-time graphs on website usage
  • Project managed Pulse, a website providing transparency on federal compliance with standards for security, usability and data collection
  • Gained FAC/PM Project Management certification
  • Composed policy memos providing direction in implementing new policy mechanisms for web security certificate acquisition and web/usability compliance
  • Advised on new initiatives and standards to implement in IT analytics program, e.g. HTML validation
Apr 2014Apr 2015

Co-Founder

reACTor

reACTor was a mobile platform that sought to blend news, activism and mobile gaming to inspire a new generation of users to become more active in issues that they care about

Jan 2012Present

Assistant Director, MAGES

Music and Gaming Festival
  • Manage panelists during the panel submission process, and design forms to ensure they provide all necessary information
  • Contact and invite in new potential speakers, including video game artist group foci + loci
  • Investigate new partnerships with organizations like educational games nonprofit Games for Change and the John F. Kennedy Performing Arts Center
  • Plan topics and participate in panels on various subjects of games and gaming cultures, such as video game genres, gaming ethnography and games in education
Aug 2009Sep 2011

Web Development/Design Consultant

Various Startups

Worked as frontend and backend developer and game designer/consultant for a variety of startups through New York City

Education

Aug 2011Aug 2013

MA, Communication, Culture and Technology

Georgetown University
  • Concentrations in Technology, Information & Innovation Policy; Technology & Society
  • Vice Chair, Speaker and Panelist Relations for STGlobal 2013 (student-run science policy conference) - Responsible for assessment of submitted abstracts, contacting speakers and panelists, selection of faculty moderators, and interfacing with heads of the American Association for the Advance of Science and the National Academies
  • Research Assistantships:
    • Online Standards Education with Professor D. Linda Garcia (Spring 2013) - Assisted with understanding anatomy of online courses and production of multimedia material, contributing to course material for software/web standards
    • Microsoft PixelSense Development with Professors Evan Barba and Yianna Vovides (Spring 2013) - Developed customized software in C# language to assist with user comprehension of complex data on table interface
  • Teaching Assistantships:
    • Network Technologies and Society with Professor D. Linda Garcia (Fall 2012) - Explained and applied various sociotechnical theories, managed student blogs and taught class on science fiction. Class size: 15 students
    • Computational Expression with Professor Garrison LeMasters (Spring 2012) - Introduced students to concepts of programming within Processing framework, assisted with coding assignments and demonstrated external Java APIs. Class size: 10 students
Aug 2005May 2009

BS, Computer Science

Dickinson College
  • Created and chaired Student Senate subcommittee to evaluate and make new
    recommendations around Dickinson's media & technology services. Wrote highly venerated assessment report, with recommendations for developing a media center, and was awarded All-College Committee Senator of the Year for efforts
  • Served as Student Senate representative on Academic Programming Committee and IT Committee. Collaborated with administrative personnel and faculty to discuss student perspectives on issues such as new course approval, wireless Internet, faculty vetting and student printing

Honors & Awards

  • Hive Global Leaders Fellow (April 2016) - Given a 50% scholarship to attend institute. Hive's mission is to educate and connect purpose-driven CEOs, leaders, entrepreneurs, innovators, and philanthropists to create an abundant and sustainable world for all people
  • Center for Applied Rationality (February 2016) - Given a 90% scholarship to attend workshop to give me more understanding and control of my decisions and behavior. Learned how to overcome ineffective heuristics and biases in my own judgement and analysis
  • Lead In (August 2015) - Accepted as a member of the inaugural Lead In cohort, an open, inclusive community of emerging and aspiring leaders who build their leadership through reflection, sharing and practice
  • Israel Tech Challenge Experience (December 2014) - Selected to travel to Israel and participate in software development, meet leaders in Israel's tech scene and explore the Tel-Aviv startup community
  • Member of advisory group for Lifeboat Foundation & World Future Society (October 2014) - Working to further shape, define and market the field of futures studies and draw attention to long-term issues
  • PresenTense Fellow (January 2014) - Worked with the  PresenTense Group, the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and local Jewish professionals to pilot a new   Israeli science & technology initiative. Learned business and organizational skills for social impact
  • StartingBloc Fellow, Mentor & Advisor (May 2012) - Selected to join network of StartingBloc Fellows, who drive positive social change across sectors. Continue to guide new fellows through StartingBloc Institutes and advise headquarters on new institutional and program development
  • Next Generation Leaders Fellow of Internet Society (May 2012) - Selected to participate in eLearning course in Internet governance