Throughout my consulting career, I have been helping nonprofits, foundations and hospitals plan and complete successful digital projects. My consulting practice focuses on planning the early stages of projects, helping organizations choose digital firms, and advising organizations with distressed digital projects and projects that have to close down.
I have consulted with organizations of all sizes across the country, including Atlantic Philanthropies, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, Children’s National Medical Center and Foundation, Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, League of American Orchestras, Rasmuson Foundation, the Ruth Mott Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and several of its grantees, and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.
Given that I am based in suburban Chicago, I have been fortunate to work with several Chicago-based organizations, including Arts Alliance Illinois, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, Chicago Jobs Council, D5 Coalition, Forefront (formerly Donors Forum), Public Narrative (formerly Community Media Workshop) and the Shriver Center for Poverty Law.
In addition to consulting with organizations about the projects, I also train nonprofit communicators and researchers on writing effectively for the Web. I have been a visiting speaker at classes at the University of Florida and DePaul University, and I contributed to a chapter on communications for nongovernmental organizations in “The Handbook of Strategic Public Relations & Integrated Communications” (Caywood, C. McGraw-Hill, 2012).
In addition to my consulting work, I have used my communications skills in several volunteer roles, serving on the Data Committee for the Collaboration For Early Childhood, as an advisory board member for Public Narrative, and as a co-founder of the local Chicago chapter of the Communications Network, known as ComNetworkCHI.
Before opening my consulting practice, I was the Web Managing Director at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; a strategist and project manager at I-SITE, a Philadelphia web firm; and an editor and project manager for the University of Pennsylvania Health System’s consumer Web site, pennhealth.com. I began my career as a free-lance journalist, covering federal courts for the Associated Press and 10 Philadelphia suburban dailies. I hold a bachelor’s degree in urban studies from the University of Pennsylvania.