The poem I keep above my desk is “To be of use” by Marge Piercy. It calls to my sense of mission to make the world a better place, to my curiosity to find solutions with others who similarly “submerge in the task,” and to the admiration I carry for my teachers “who do what has to be done, again and again.”

More about me:

I am a nonprofit person who has worn every hat possible: executive director, founding program director, board chair, strategic planner, volunteer, and consultant.

I am an educator who has led an ESL school, taught social studies at an international school, and created and led three adult learning programs (one won the Golden Apple Award from KCTS!).

I currently serve as the Associate Director of Washington Nonprofits, Washington’s nonprofit state association.

I am strongly influenced by my experiences outside the United States.

Women in Salvador, Brazil
  • I worked in a plastics factory, leather factory, and eventually at Daimler Benz during two summers living with a family near Stuttgart, Germany.
  • I lived and traveled across Southeast Asia while teaching at the International School Manila in the Philippines.
  • I collaborated for over ten years with a project in Salvador, Brazil that educated Afro-Brazilian girls and women. Those woman inspire me still!

I have degrees in German Literature and Economics from Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania. I have a Masters in Public Administration from the Evans School Public Policy & Governance at the University of Washington in Seattle. I took coursework in education at the UW’s College of Education.

I love teaching, Wonder Woman, durian, sewing, and mini-crossword puzzles.

But enough about me. Let’s get to work!

Greek amphoras for wine or oil,
Hopi vases that held corn, are put in museums
but you know they were made to be used.
The pitcher cries for water to carry
and a person for work that is real.

My LinkedIn profile for more about my work history.

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