Bio and Disclosures
I’m currently the Journalism and Public Media Campaign Director at Free Press. I manage a number of campaigns focused on engaging the public in efforts to strengthen journalism, expand public media and fight media consolidation. I am also a founding board member of the Freedom of the Press Foundation.
I regularly speak at conferences, in classrooms and am a guest on radio and TV to discuss media policy, consolidation, the future of news, journalism collaborations, and public and community media.
Prior to my work at Free Press I taught writing and literature at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where I did my graduate work in American Studies.
I have been involved in student civic engagement and service learning for over ten years. While at UMass I worked in the Office of Community Service Learning, managing strategic communications and the office’s independent study program. Before that, I worked as Policy and Communications Associate for Campus Compact, a national coalition of more than 1,000 colleges and universities committed to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education. I coordinated external relations with legislators, the White House, federal agencies, and corporations and developed a national advocacy coalition for service learning legislation and funding. I’ve edited and authored service-learning faculty development publications, coordinated a national faculty award program and edited an academic service-learning journal.
In addition to my work, I’m involved with a number organizations as a board member and advisor.
- For over nine years I served on the board of directors for the Student Conservation Association. I served as an SCA/AmeriCorps volunteer for ten months after college.
- From 2002-2006 I served on the steering committee for the Educators for Community Engagement.
- I have served on the board for, been a consultant to, and volunteered with the Valley Land Fund, a local land conservation organization in western Massachusetts.
Recently, most of my attention has been given over to renovating a 150 year old farm house and celebrating each day with my family. I bake bread, make yogurt, brew beer and am hatching plans to build a cob oven.
I write on media, technology, culture, literature and community and dabble in photography. My work has appeared online at BoingBoing, PBS MediaShift, Yes! Magazine, Mother Jones, and the Columbia Journalism Review. You can find me around the web: