My motto: "Dry" topics don't have to be dull. My areas of expertise and interest: business management and entrepreneurship, personal finance and investing, and urban planning and agriculture. These topics are far from boring to cover -- I've tagged along with a Secret Service agent hunting identity theft gangs online, and got my "investing fortune" read by a palm reader/technology consultant.
* I was a staff writer for Self, Money and Red Herring magazines. Now as a San Francisco-based freelancer, I write for print and Web publications including Bankrate, Entrepreneur, Financial Planner and Money.
* I was editor of Quicken.com, covering finance and small-business topics for 2.5 million users.
* I currently edit Undercurrent, a magazine for scuba divers and marine-life lovers, which Business Week called 'The Consumer Reports of diving.'
* I also write and edit for nonprofits, most recently The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Ashoka and the University of California.
Content Editor (online)
Broadcasting - News - Radio (National)
Magazine - Large Consumer/National magazines
Total Media Industry Experience
Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
Financial Planning (10+), MSNBC.com (10+), Bankrate (6-10), Entrepreneur (10+), Money (10+)
Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (3-5), University of California (3-5), Ashoka (10+), Intuit (10+), MoneyTrack (PBS) (10+)
Other Work History
* Previously, I was a staff writer for Self, Money and Red Herring magazines. Now as a San Francisco-based freelancer, I write for print and Web publications including Bankrate, Dow Jones MarketWatch, George Lucas' Edutopia, Harvard Management Update, MSNBC.com, Self and Women's Health.
* On the Internet side, I was Editor of Quicken.com, a Web site covering finance and small business topics for 2.5 million users.
* For TV experience, I worked with the producers of MoneyTrack, a personal-finance program airing on PBS stations, to research topics, interview "real people" and write scripts.
* In the radio arena, I was a freelance producer for "Forum", a critically-acclaimed public affairs program on the National Public Radio affiliate in San Francisco.
* I also do pro bono work as a Web and print copywriter for nonprofit organizations.
I use InDesign on a regular basis, and can easily learn custom content-management systems. I use a variety of photo editing programs , and I use WordPress and Blogsmith for posting on clients' blogs.
Foreign Language Skills
I am fluent in Spanish, proficient in French, can get by in Italian, and know a smattering of Turkish and German.
Society of Professional Journalists, American Society of Journalists and Authors
I am skilled in both Mac and PC applications. Also skilled in HTML and InDesign.
I come with a laptop, digital camera, mini-video camera, and professional recorder to produce slide shows and audio/video interviews.
I belong to the Society of Professional Journalists. I am also Programming Chair for the Commonwealth Club's INFORUM division in San Francisco. The Commonwealth Club is the oldest and one of the most respected public affairs organizations in the U.S., and I put together panels and speaker events on everything from national elections to nanotechnology for Club members in their twenties and thirties. Recent speakers I persuaded to come include King Abdullah of Jordan and San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom.