I was raised at the radical intersection of science, technology and art. My father, a prolific futurist, writer and artist, and my mother, a humble scientist working on curing cancer. As a San Francisco native, I began apprenticing at startups at the age of 16, and developed a passion for radical collaboration and entrepreneurship. Blessed to live and travel internationally at a young age, I became obsessed with transformative cultural experiences and what made them stick - from Burning Man at age 5, to trekking to see indigenous ceremonies in Tibet at age 8, to participating in hundreds of conferences, dinners, festivals and gatherings around the world. As a teenager, when people asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, it was an "experience designer".
I was first mentored by Louis Rossetto, co-founder of WIRED magazine, working with legendary designer, Erik Speikermann, to design a radical new luxury food brand, TCHO. Together, we conceived and launched new experiences in service design, packaging design, experiential marketing, and sustainable sourcing programs. It was the best MBA and Design education. After a short stint as Head of Growth at a boutique creative communications firm in San Francisco, SNP, I ventured out into the world on my own. I co-founded three startups: Doorstep Studios, a human-centered web design studio, Meraki, an experiential learning collective, and Maleo, a digital marketplace for live learning programs. As a "digital nomad", I channeled by insatiable curiosity around the culture of innovation and experiential learning into a blog and podcast series, where I interviewed over 200 creative change makers across Asia, Europe and the US.
When I finally met the misfits at Factory in San Francisco, and knew I found my tribe. The Immersion process was the tactical framework and ontology that was missing everywhere I looked, and renewed my faith in the capacity of small groups of people to change the world. Over the last 3 years, I've been a designer and strategist on dozens of the Immersions, bringing empathy and emotional intelligence into the process.
I continue to serve as a fellow for the Long Now Foundation for the past 10 years, which has informed my perspective and mission to work on bigger problems and long-term solutions.
When I step back, what ultimately drives me in my work is working toward a world of humanitarian and ecological thriving and co-existence. My role is to serve visionary, evolutionary leaders in their pursuit to transform culture by brining a more embodied, empathetic, and human approach to the way we work, learn and live.