I am a: documentary photographer, social researcher, user-centered designer strategist, remote facilitator, children's photography teacher, public health practitioner, paleo baker, cyclist, gut-biome investigator, world traveler, and mama of two.
My professional background is far from a straight path: I earned my undergraduate degree from Oberlin College focused on post-colonialism, cultural anthropology and media theory, and a Masters in International Affairs. I've spent the past 15 years dedicated to international public health communications - working with MSF, UNICEF, Johns Hopkins and others as a documentary photographer, photo editor, exhibition curator, and program manager to tell stories from around the world. In 2020, I jumped an the chance to join a Masters of Social Design cohort at the Maryland Institute College of Arts (MICA), while supporting a dozen user-centered design projects as a Fellow at the Johns Hopkins Social Innovations Lab and the U.S. Office of Personnel Management Human Centered Design Lab. These experiences shaped the launch of an equity-focused design collective: social design partners.
From my time leading kids photography workshops with UNICEF, and a pilot I started in 2019 here in Baltimore at a local public charter school, I also re-found my love of teaching photography to young children. Specifically, a class that included my then-1st grade daughter. I pitched the concept of Photo Story Workshop during MICA's UP/Start Venture competition and won funding to launch as a small business.
So while 2020 is awash with a global pandemic, I am focused on continuing to grow, to use photography as a means of giving voice particularly in resource constrained communities, and helping to raise each other up.