A bit about me
Tech product manager and graduate of Cornell University with a B.S. in Computer Science Engineering. a concentration in Information Science, and a minor in Music. I am currently a PM on the Fusion Media Group (FMG) tech team building Kinja, a lightweight, intuitive CMS that focuses on supporting great journalism and the diversified revenue streams that enable it. FMG is the publisher of the web’s most beloved media brands, including Gizmodo, Kotaku, Lifehacker, Deadspin, Jezebel, Jalopnik, The Onion, The AV Club, FUSION.net, The Root, and Cickhole, reaching over 70MM unique visitors a month.
In my spare time, I moonlight as a musician, dancer, and cotton candy confectioner. Over my early adult life, I've co-founded a dance production organization, Octothorp Productions, co-founded a cotton candy pop-up business, Not Your Average Cotton, and performed some open mics as I work on composing and producing two independent albums.
My interest in technology began from a young age, as I was fortunate enough to be exposed to communities and programs that promoted female participation in the sciences. From the moment I starting building a mini Mars Rover with Techbridge, a program designed to encourage middle school girls to pursue STEM careers, I knew that I wanted to be an engineer. However, I later discovered that I was equally interested in the human factor of technology and how technological developments can impact our lives. Through my minor and extracurricular activities at Cornell University, I realized my interests fell more in line with user experience design and product strategy.
Aside from my technology-driven pursuits, I have always had a deep passion for the performance arts. Throughout my life I have trained in vocals (classical, jazz, R&B, and pop), flute (classical, jazz) and dance (hip hop, modern). Later, while studying at the university where "any person can find instruction in any study", I was able to explore all of my interests further by becoming an active member of the CallbaXX A Cappella, BreakFree Hip Hop Dance Crew, and the Cornell Formula SAE project team.
I have always had an extremely multifaceted set of interests, and I believe that finding ways to combine them can lead to innovative discoveries and outcomes. Within the tech world, in particular, it is becoming increasingly important to integrate and promote sustainable design, usability, and compassion into new technology. It is my goal to promote that thinking in all of the work that I do.