Hi there! I’m a San Francisco native who has also lived in Milan and Florence, Italy. This site has been a place to focus on whatever interests me most – these days that’s data journalism and maps. I’ve been looking at it from a few different angles — in the field as a volunteer on the mapping team at the SF Botanical Gardens and from the computer screen for a certificate GIS course at SF City College.
I’ve also been a member of San Francisco’s Neighborhood Emergency Response Team (yup, we’re called NERTs) since 2010 and work on a project called Resiliency Maps that aims to help people navigate their surroundings in emergencies. More on how this all got started in an interview at GeoHipster.
What else? An open-source proponent since more or less forever, I’m currently the communications manager at Strategies for Open Science (Stratos). Previously, I served as editor for Superuser, the community publication of the OpenStack Foundation and managing editor at the International Journalists’ Network (IJNet), a nonprofit that keeps reporters up-to-date on tech and training opportunities in seven languages. As part of the merry crew at Cult of Mac, I reported on all things Apple from Cupertino as well as through trips to China and Brazil. I also launched a weekly iPad edition with original content and served as editor.
As a freelancer, I’ve worked for the Economist.com, Wired News, the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal Europe, BBC2, Newsweek, Discovery Channel and the Italian-language editions of Linux Magazine, Wired and Vanity Fair. While visiting the world’s only plant intelligence lab and voting in the first online Democratic primary I also picked up video, photo and web skills.