I remember the first thing I designed on a computer. I was eight years old and I designed and printed invitations to my birthday party on the first generation of Adobe Photoshop. I was born on St. Patrick’s Day, so naturally my cards were bedazzled with shamrocks, leprechauns and pots of gold (I’m sure they were tacky). The combination of childhood curiosity and the unlimited creative capabilities of a computer had such a profound impact on my life. Still to this day, I have never developed a fear of technology, and I truly credit those early childhood experiences for my unbridled love of computers, technology and digital design.
I am the digital strategy and communications manager at Community Catalyst, a national non-profit health care advocacy group. And, in so many ways, I don’t think that I could have happened upon a better job for me. Managing our website, web properties, social media, digital legislative advocacy and strategy, graphic design and more allows me to do different things. When I start to feel tired of something there is always something different that I can switch to, and my job allows me to be creative, technical, strategic, political, emotional—and I love it.
My passion for advocacy and social justice developed out of my passion for fighting for what I believed was just, and also seeing how the LGBTQ+ movement has fallen short in the past. The LGBTQ+ movement has often fought for the rights of our community in tandem with maintaining the tenets of white supremacy, and it happened because white and cis-gendered people were in charge, more oppressed voices were left out of the conversation, and the movement was often not intersectional. Since then the LGBTQ+ movement has worked to do better, and I, too, wanted to do better and spend my life fighting for things that I believed in and working with people who felt similarly passionate.
Outside of work, I love hanging with my friends, family and queer family, practicing yoga, cooking, traveling, decorating, dancing, craft beer, doing mediocre impressions of elected officials and watching documentaries, movies, plays and films. I am mostly an extrovert and I love people. I also have always loved singing – although my love for it has always exceeded my talent.
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“Our fears are informed by history and economics, by social power and stigma, by myths and nightmares. And as with other strongly held beliefs, our fears are dear to us. When we encounter information that contradicts our beliefs, as Slovic found in one of his studies, we tend to doubt the information, not ourselves.” - Eula Biss
"Instructions for living a life. Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it."
- Mary Oliver
"Any society based on domination supports and condones violence." - bell hooks