Accomplishments

INDEPENDENT JOURNALIST/WRITER 2006 – Ongoing

Published in a myriad of magazines, periodicals, and journals including Newsweek,  Forbes.com, MSNBC, NPR, Salon, Utne Reader, Brain/Child Magazine, and others. Personal essays anthologized in numerous books. Weekly columnist for Patch.com and Contributing Editor for BlogHer.com.

HOST/FOUNDER, PENINSULA PARLOUR 2010 – Ongoing

Founder of the Peninsula Parlour, a literary salon offering readers and writers a chance to gather together in an intimate setting. Brings established and emerging authors for in-depth interviews and conversation. 100% of the Proceeds from the events benefit Abilities United.

WRITING COACH/TEACHER 2009 – Ongoing

Provides detailed manuscript review for novels, short stories, non-fiction books and essays. Conducts workshops on creative non-fiction. Works with writers to assist them in developing their “platform.”

PANELIST/MODERATOR

  • BlogHer 2012 Conference: Moderator, Blogging and Your Legal Rights
  • Journalism and Women’s Symposium 2012: Moderator, What Women Want
  • Journalism and Women’s Symposium 2011: Moderator, Branding U: Building Your Journalism Brand
  • Association of Writers and Writing Programs 2011: Co-Panelist, Integrating Multi-Media Into The Classroom

AWARDS 

  •  My Neighbor, Steve Jobs, First Place, Commentary, San Francisco Peninsula Press Club 2012
  • Finalist, John S. Knight Journalism Fellowship, 2012
  • Wild Pink Salmon, Finalist, Honorable Mention, Writer’s Advice Flash Non-Fiction Contest, 2010
  • My Son, the Cross-Dresser, Gold Medal of Excellence, Parenting Publications of America, in association with Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, 1998
  • The Boy in the Blue Tutu, Best Magazine Column, Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), 1999

 

ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE

1999-2004 Supporting Our Sons, President, Chairman of the Board, Co-Founder

1996-1999 Durham Marketing Group, Principal

1995-1996 Foote, Cone & Belding, Vice President – Management Supervisor

1991-1995    Nestle Beverage Company Consumer Marketing Manager – Nestea

1987-1989    Fidelity Investments Product Manager – Investors’ Express

1985-1986    NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund, Development Coordinator

 

BOARD/VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE

2000-2006  Planned Parenthood/Golden Gate  Board of Trustees

2005-2007   Walter Hays Elementary School, PTA Co-President, Site Council Board

2000-2004   Supporting Our Sons, Chairman of the Board

1998-2001    Palo Alto Junior Museum and Board, Board of Trustees

1997-1999     Weborder.com, Member, Board of Directors

 

EDUCATION

2008-2010 Mills College MFA, 2010

1989-1991 University of California at Berkeley/Haas School of Business MBA, 1991

1980-1984 Dartmouth College BA,  1994