For democracy, peace & justice.
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.