I am currently providing qualitative research support to the education nonprofit, ExpandED, on a DYCD-funded study on the efficacy of after-school programs in low-income neighborhoods. Prior to this, I did gender and sexual minority research with The Alternative Sexualities Health Research Alliance, co-authored an NIH grant on health disparities in LGBTQ opioid users, and helped bring the NYC Covid-19 Oral History, Narrative and Memory Archive to fruition via Columbia University’s Interdisciplinary Center for Innovative Theory and Empirics (INCITE ).
I have worked in leadership positions for the last 7+ years with civically-minded people and organizations. This includes my work as head of community with the social impact nonprofit, The Dinner Party, where I managed a global community of bereaved young people, developed a regional program, and kickstarted the community management team at The People’s Supper. Aside from my work with social impact nonprofits, I have done floral design with the LA-based floral boutique, My Secret Garden, and provided operational support to The Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive and The Hammer Museum.
Throughout the last decade, I have been a literacy tutor to children from underserved areas (Reading Partners), an assistant to disabled children and adults (Ability First), and an academic coach to low-income high schoolers (UPchieve).
Currently, I am a Writing Mentor to girls and gender-expansive teens with Girls Write Now, a Regional Writing Juror for the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, and am on the organizing committee for the art collective, the Greenpoint Art Circle. I look forward to continuing to impactfully engage with NYC creative youth communities.