I'm a writer, storyteller, and community builder in San Francisco.
Born in Florida, I grew up in a small town in Wisconsin. A life long lover of reading and writing, I received a B.A. in Creative Writing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
In search of community and a return to the palm trees of my early years, I embarked on a month long solo road trip in a minivan across America before landing in San Francisco.
I found what I was looking for in the Embassy Network, a global collective of intentional communities founded in San Francisco. Through questioning and experimentation, we seek to create abundance and sustainable models of community focused on forming radical and resilient economies of care. My personal projects with the Embassy focus on encouraging critical inquiry and community building through self-expression.
In 2017 I presented on behalf of the Embassy Network at the Co-Liv conference in San Francisco. I live in the flagship location, the Embassy, in the Haight neighborhood, which operates as a partial hotel and often serves as a cultural hub, offering weekly salons, chamber music concerts, and group dinners.
My personal self-expression has taken form in writing, storytelling, stand-up, improv, and sketch writing. In 2017 I founded and continue to regularly host storytelling evenings à la The Moth under the name Stories from the city & sea. I have since built a storytelling curriculum for donation-based workshops that I offer.
I'm a project steward of Second Life; using Dungeons and Dragons as a starting point for healing and self-expression, Second Life builds community and mutual aid with formerly incarcerated citizens (or returning citizens, the preferred terminology).
In March 2018, I organized Emergent Communities, a 100-person conference for members of co-living spaces in the Bay Area, aimed at building stronger communities at every scale through connection and knowledge-sharing. And for Burning Man 2018 I was a core organizer for Prototopia, a first year 40-person camp, spending 11 days in the Nevada desert.
I'm also a contributor to Haight St. Commons, a collective of DIY cooperative housing throughout San Francisco, which proposes, organizes, and funds projects that meaningfully contribute to the community.
I'm always looking to challenge myself and pursue new ways to create community and narratives that empower. This website outlines some of my current projects. If you are interested in finding out more about any of my projects or in becoming involved with one, please send me a note on my contact page. And please reach out with any questions or comments--I'd love to hear from you.