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and learning.
For democracy, peace & justice.

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About me

I started my career writing policy papers on global warming and organizing local campaigns on democracy reforms across the United States. This early work planted the seed of an idea: durable change only comes from shifting power, and power shifts when people work together. My work continues to center on that idea, even as my career has taken a nonlinear path.

Some things I've done

Organized coalitions and volunteers for over a dozen state-level campaigns on redistricting, campaign finance, and other election reform issues.

Led a team of five facilitators and over sixty civil society leaders in launching a global initiative to protect civic space.

Designed an ecosystem-based strategy for countering authoritarianism for a major U.S. foundation.

Advised universities on how to increase faculty diversity and inclusion.

Launched a micro-grant fund serving Kenyan youth groups as part of a peacebuilding and civic engagement program.

Facilitated a global learning and collaboration workshop with fifty anticorruption reformers from a dozen countries.

Led the first global, multi-year planning process for a multi-stakeholder open government initiative.

Designed a methodology for improving adaptive management, piloted it with a livelihoods program in Nepal, and created a training curriculum for global use.

Since 2015, the main vehicles for my work have been my consulting practice (Open CoLab) and my writing, speaking, and other public engagement.

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