I am a cogent and impassioned communicator who is devoted to opening hearts and minds to the key crises of our times. My perspectives and skills as a radio producer and host are derived from nearly thirty years of experience in anthropological research, policy analysis and communication, cause-driven public health policy advocacy and prior radio production experience.
In the 1990’s I was deeply engaged in efforts to protect the lives of injecting drug users amidst the raging HIV/AIDS epidemic in New York City. As an anthropologist I analyzed how political and cultural forces were undermining the beleaguered activist-led needle exchange programs. Then I turned policy advocate and ally to affected communities seeking policy solutions to the crisis and building new paradigms to protect the health and human rights of drug users.
From late 90’s to the early 00s I freelanced with NPR-affiliate WNYC Radio’s stellar documentary unit. I was associate producer on a thirty minute special that earned an Edward R. Murrow regional award. In a second project with WNYC I produced a sixty-minute special on the psychological aftermath of the September 11th terrorist attacks, working closely with a team of reporters and editors.
In the 2000’s I came to Washington, DC to work on global AIDS prevention. Subsequently I worked with a physicians’ society to articulate their views about critical public health matters related to infectious diseases and lift those into national policy conversations. See my LinkedIn for more.
In the early 2010s I heard a searing speech about the climate crisis, leading to nights of insomnia over the state of our world and what this meant for my young daughter. I pivoted my work to climate change and became a front-line organizer with Moms Clean Air Force, establishing its DC chapter and executing local and federal campaigns to pressure elected officials to move rapidly toward a clean energy transition.
My blog posts and articles have appeared in Moms Clean Air Force’s blog, POZ magazine and City Limits magazine, with two letters to the editor appearing in The New York Times. I am a storyteller who has performed many times at DC’s storytelling venue Story District. I hold a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from Columbia University and a BA from Yale University.
I live in Washington, DC with my husband Jeff and my daughter Lila.