I have been working and researching at the intersection of business strategy, technology, social sciences, and design for nearly fifteen years. I currently manage two User Experience teams (one in software development and one in technology consulting) at a professional services firm based in Evanston, Illinois.
I have a Masters in Whole System Design, and both a Masters and a PhD in Anthropology. However, I have been working in the business world (mostly in the software industry) since my undergraduate degree; those work experiences have had a significant influence on me, how I see the world, and the research interests that I write about here.
Although food has always been central to family life for me, as a result of health issues, I have become increasingly interested our food system. That has led me to research and question the role of corporate interests in the genetic modification and marketing of food in a way that does not benefit consumers. Every once in awhile I get on my soapbox and write about that, too.
More recently, I’ve been sponsoring our firm’s LGBTQ organizing efforts. It’s been a wonderfully positive and affirming experience, and as a result I’m writing more about our community’s interests and concerns.
I use this site to bring those different interests together in sporadic blog posts, and to house past travel photographs and professional presentations. I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I take pleasure in curating it for you.