I am passionate about and understand how to motivate and empower citizens and the organizations that serve them to collaborate productively on and off-line. The results produced by their collaborations are increased public safety, resilience, quality of life, sustainability, and opportunity.
My belief is that the well-being of society depends on the diversity and the strength of bonds we make with people closest to us where we live. My experience has shown me that our neighborhoods are strongest and we are happiest when we are connected, in communication, and in service to each other.
My work has been featured by media organizations such as The Boston Globe, Businessweek, Good Magazine, CBS, ABC, NBC, The Hallmark Channel, and National Public Radio and I have been a speaker/panelist at gatherings such as the Ford Hall Forum, Enterprise 2.0 Conference, The Knight Foundation Engagement Summit, and IACP Annual Conference.
Professionally, I serve as a Senior City Strategist for NextDoor.com where I work with hundreds of public agencies to roll out Nextdoor to their residents.
In my free time as a volunteer, I lead outreach and organizing for Snowcrew.org a web app that connects people who need help shoveling with nearby neighbors “Yetis/Volunteers” who can and want to help dig out their neighbors after snowstorms.
From 2011 to April 2014, I led GovDelivery’s Engagement Services practice that I stood up with Scott Burns the CEO of GovDelivery’s and Steve Ressler the President of GovLoop in 2011. GovDelivery helps government organizations reach more people and get those people to take action.
In 2010, I served at the pleasure of Secretary Janet Napolitano as the first Community Engagement Strategist for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
In 2009, I spent the year evangelized NeighborsforNeighbors.org, the first of its kind neighborhood social network (powered by Ning) I developed to support the organizing initiatives I lead with neighbors under the umbrella of the not-for-profit organization Neighbors For Neighbors, Inc.of I founded in 2004.
In 2008, I directed Online Operations and Partnerships for the ServiceNation legislative campaign that tripled funding for Americorps with the passage of the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act.
From 2006 to 2008 I worked as a Program Coordinator for the Boston Police Department, I created new-programmatic organizing models that resulted in double-digit decreases in crime while simultaneously doubling program participation.
From 2002 to 2006 I’ve worked as a Senior Associate for a Marketing Automation consulting firm where I provided consulting and training services, and increased new and referral business four-fold.
From 1999 to 2002 I had my own consulting company (and was a waiter at night). The project I am most proud from this time was reducing the time it took for GreatNorthernBarns.com to market its barns from 3 months to 3 days.
In addition In the past, I have served as a:
- Boston World Partnership Connector
- Guide on Creators.Ning.com
- Founding member of Ning Network Creators Council
- Boston OneIn3 Council Mentor
- 2008: Founder and organizer of The Nametag Project which in 2007 resulted in 19,000 people wearing a nametag for a day to promote neighborliness.
- 2009: Co-founder and organizer of The Mug Project (winner of Mayor Menino’s 2009 Green Residential Waste Reduction Champion Award.
- 2010: Boston University School of Management, Institute for Nonprofit Management and Leadership
- 1998: Saint Michael’s College, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
- 1994: Kimbal Union Academy
- 2010: – Community Service Award, Boston Police Commissioners Edward. M. Davis
- 2009 – Green Residential Waste Reduction Champion Award (MugProject.com), Mayor Thomas M. Menino
- 2007 – Certificate of Appreciation, Boston Police Commissioners Edward. M. Davis
- 2007 – Anchor Award, Friends of the Charlestown MA, Navy Yard