Resume

I tell stories anchored in data, and I work behind the scenes fixing both organisational and technological systems to support clients’ projects.

Skills

  • Broad science background; trained in psychology, biology, computer science & complex systems.
  • Skills in experiment design, statistical data analysis, report writing and data presentation.
  • Data visualization with Tableau, D3.js and R.
  • Clear writer and vigilant proofreader, with experience with formal and informal writing styles.
  • Highly proficient with office software, including the use of Excel for everything from personal accounting to analysing large datasets, Word and Acrobat for many kinds of document preparation, and web site development with several platforms.
  • Knowledgeable about and fascinated by a broad range of environmental issues, from stormwater catchment, public transit and toxic Nalgenes to disappearing Sasquatch habitat.
  • Photographer.

Experience

2011-ongoing          Freelance
Projects include:

  • Writing background articles for activist artist Chris Jordan, and supporting his social media presence.
  • Operational management for the Context Institute.
  • Visualisation of social science and geographic data.
  • Automating the cleaning & updating of data from public feeds for a mapping & visualisation tool to inform land use decisions.
  • Technical support and I.T. infrastructure hacking for the Happiness Initiative’s online survey.
  • Admin support to a journalist and an information security consultant.
  • I.T. support and volunteer management for Facing The Future, a sustainability & systems thinking nonprofit.
  • Team management for a coworking startup.
  • Co-ordination and planning for a prototype cloud IT services collective.

2006-2013         Assistant Organizer, Dorkbot-Seattle

  • Co-organised a monthly gathering of artists, designers, engineers and scientists and helped curate and install two gallery art shows with around 20 exhibiting artists in each.

Nov ‘09-Dec 2011  Director of Data, Sustainable Seattle / Co-founder, The Happiness Initiative

  • Managed the geographically distributed team building tools for the Happiness Initiative.
  • Analysed data from our national survey and packaged it as an indicator dashboard for cities.
  • Led the effort to get the survey translated into the most common immigrant language in Seattle & King County.
  • Consulted to immigrant communities about how to interpret our data and use it for planning.
  • Started a fee-for-service sustainability training program.
  • Helped instructors develop course materials.
  • Trained colleagues on assorted I.T. topics and documented practices for my successors.

Feb-Oct 2008         Program Assistant
Oct ‘08-Nov 2009  Program Manager, NW Environmental Training Center (now EOS Alliance)

  • Co-ordinated a varied & fast-growing set of environmental professional training workshops.
  • Was responsible for 60 classes per year, taught by a group of 58 instructors across 12 states, providing half of NWETC’s fee-for-service revenue.
  • Hosted workshops and supported instructors on-site.
  • Provided customer service to government employees and contractors around the U.S.

2007-2008             Site Lead, People for Puget Sound

  • Managed a group of volunteer stewards at a restoration site on the Duwamish Waterway.
  • Used standardised field techniques to monitor progress.
  • Organised work parties with public participation.

Education

EECS Department, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA

  • Earned 29 credits with a 3.37 GPA towards a PhD in Computer Science, 2003-2007
    • Worked with computer models of several complex dynamical systems found in biology, as an approach to understanding the co-ordination of adaptive behaviour.
    • Teaching assistant for introductory programming class, for which I wrote and graded homework and in-class exercises.

School of Cognitive & Computing Sciences, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK

Publications

Patent