At 23, I entered a Ph.D. program. I aced my quantitative sociology courses covering statistics, data, and multivariate analysis. Selected by the department’s chair to teach my peers by leading a stats lab, I’ve loved math since at least as early as my membership in my high school’s Math Club. I had a blast — and especially loved researching sex and gender — though I remember telling one of my professors, “More people read Cosmo than the American Journal of Sociology.” By the time a was 25, I’d earned my Master’s degree and later published research. Yet, I put off the Ph.D. I wanted to gain real-world life experience in my 20s. Plus, I believed in creating a more just world. I didn’t believe the impetus for such change resides exclusively in the Ivory Tower. In fact, the racism I experienced while attending grad school showed me academia certainly has its own problems related to social change. (Happy to grab a beer or wine and chat about this if more if you’d like.)
Instead, I moved to Holland. I’d always heard they were so tolerant. Back then, I fell in love with a Dutchman, learned Dutch language fluently, filed for Dutch residency, and got a job with the U.S. Department of State at the American Embassy in The Hague. Spoiler alert: I eventually came back to the U.S.
On a personal front, I’ve been chronicling my life online. A tech geek, I’ve had an online presence since hand-coding my first website from <html> to </html> using Notepad when I was a kid in the mid-90s. I’ve also been publishing newspaper and magazine articles — and performing on stages — for nearly two decades.
My career has been about changing the world by bridging data / digital + traditional communications + pop culture. As an artist, I do this by spreading sex education through digital, media, and performing arts. As an entrepreneur, I help social justice organizations really kill it when it comes to more authentically connecting with audiences and growing their base using data and next-generation technologies. If any of this sounds interesting to you, we should chat.
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