Here are a series of conversations, non-narrated pieces, and radio features I’ve produced. My work has been featured in NPR’S NextGeneration Radio fellowship program, as well as at member stations KUOW in Seattle and KALW in San Francisco.
I work on a daily show, meaning there’s rarely time for reflection and deep dives into a topic. But after producing several segments on the #metoo movement:
on our standards for politicians vs actors;
on relinquishing anonymity, and shame, years after reporting harassment;
on what it meant for our own love lives if aziz ansari assaulted that girl;
on a bygone understanding of consent;
on powerful abusers that pit communities against women;
and how to heal those communities;
and our part in supporting the art of abusive men;
and sexual harassment on Metro—
—at a certain point, I was exhausted. I’d burned out on triggering tales of sexual abuse and assault, and I still didn’t feel like we’d tackled the issue in a way that felt like enough.
So we decided to do a one-off show that incorporated hosts and reporters from around the station (which my coworkers cruelly refused to let me call A Very Special Episode).
The show looked at workplace culture, harassment, assault, activism, and consent from several angles. I served as showrunner/ringleader for the project.
I was hired at OpenIDEO, the design firm IDEO’s open innovation platform, to build a storytelling program around their quarterly challenges.
My first project was a multimedia publication called End of Life, for which I spent four months talking to strangers about death. (It was surprisingly rad and beautiful.)
I spoke to palliative care nurses, zen death retreat rockstars, design researchers, creators of a course called Death Ed—like sex ed, but for death—and the bereaved, recently and not so recently. It was both powerful and peaceful to walk alongside death for so long.
Along with the collection, I created a detailed content inventory and toolkit to allow the publication process to be replicated for future challenges. We tested it with a Food Waste challenge prototype, which I edited.
During my MFA in Creative Writing at Mills College, I was selected as one of two Community Engagement fellows. The three projects I executed as part of that fellowship focused on immigration and youth—which, because of my occasionally lachrymose ways, some waggish friends began calling the #immigranttears series.
For this project, which was the third of three, I served as assistant producer for a student radio documentary that aired on San Francisco NPR affiliate KALW. It was called Waking Up From the American Dream (link to first half of the doc).
The series explored the nuances of immigration and the vastly different attitudes people have towards the country they now call home. Along with the brilliant Sandhya Dirks, I helped workshop pitches, found characters and speakers for our documentary class, edited scripts, and overall got quite an education in production assistance.
My story was on an unaccompanied refugee minor named Noor: a young Iraqi wrestler-poet who was part of a fight to force the state of California to do right by the youth they agreed to resettle.
And yes, I cried.
During my MFA in Creative Writing at Mills College, I was selected as one of two Community Engagement fellows. The three projects I executed as part of that fellowship focused on immigration and youth.
The capstone was Walk In My Shoes, a digital storytelling fellowship for immigrant and refugee teen girls. Conducted in partnership with Oakland International High School, I collaborated with co-teachers from Youth Radio and Pinterest, among others, on everything from photography to literary map-making.
The project culminated in the creation of chapbooks from the girls’ work. I’m especially proud of the fact that I was able to crowdsource enough to pay each girl and co-teacher a stipend. #artistsgetpaid
A good chunk of my career was focused on communications, usually for educational institutions or NGOs. I’m good at finding the narratives lurking behind policy and technology innovations.
I worked on agriculture in Nigeria and artificial intelligence at MIT, and most recently with Evidence for Policy Design at the Harvard Kennedy School. Part of the hustle at my job as communications manager at a Harvard research lab: get the hip young kids on Tumblr to GAF about evidence-based policy design, particularly in: re microfinance for small-to-medium enterprises.
Already drowsy? Don’t be - there’s a sexy side to economics. #RethinkFinance was my effort to capture it. I also steered our social media engagement, on a day-to-day basis as well as for special projects like #RethinkFinance and Shrinking Shakti, a live forum in Delhi in partnership with media outlet The Print.