Writing and Editorial Experience

Lonely Planet Publications

Guidebook Author; 2002 to present

  • Calm: Secrets to Serenity from Cultures of the World, first edition; pub date Dec 2013 (Gregorian chant, kayaking, djembe drumming, etc)
  • Discover California, first edition; February 2011 (Northern and Coastal California, food and wine, shopping)
  • Happy: Secrets to Happiness from the Cultures of the World first edition; January 2011 (Intro)
  • USA Best Trips, first edition; Oct 2010 (The South; Won Lowell Thomas gold award for top guidebook of 2011)
  • Tuscany & Umbria, editions 1, 2 and 3 and 4; publication dates February 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2010 (Umbria)
  • Italy, edition 7, 8 and 9 publication dates February 2006, 2008 and 2010 (Umbria and Le Marche)
  • Carolinas, Georgia and the South Trips, first edition, February 2009 (North Carolina)
  • The USA Book, first edition; 2008 (Oregon, Washington, North Carolina)
  • Western Europe and Europe on a Shoestring, January 2007 (Southern Italy)
  • Code Green: Trips of a Lifetime that Won’t Cost the Earth, June 2006 (sustainability, voluntourism)
  • Caribbean Islands, first edition, Sept 2005 (Anguilla to St. Kitts and Nevis)
  • Western Europe and Europe on a Shoestring, February 2005 (Britain)
  • Eastern, Central and Mediterranean Europe, March 2003 (Slovenia)

Umbria Slow: Food, Culture and Travel iPhone app; Sutro Media, San Francisco, CA

Travel App Writer and Co-Creator Jan 2011 to present

  • Conceptualized, researched and wrote travel app for Umbria, Italy
  • Worked with CMS and social media to gain traction in Umbrian tourism

Spill It in Six board game; Poplin Press, Ann Arbor, MI

Co-Inventor Oct 2011 to present (due out in 2014)

  • Co-inventing question board game
  • Run field tests, help design instructions

Alice magazine

Travel Editor 1999 to 2001

  • Conceptualized, shaped and edited the travel section of Alice, an independent start-up magazine for multi-cultural young women
  • Wrote articles about culture; wrote humor, documentary and music reviews

Management Experience

Gogobot.com; Menlo Park, CA

Editorial Director June 2010 to present

  • Directed, managed and shaped content for social media travel website with over 2 million pages
  • Was instrumental to team garnering $14 million in venture capital
  • Managed 50+ travel writers, bloggers and interns
  • Conceptualized and co-created the Gogobot Travel Salon series, featured in the Huffington Post

Graduate School of Journalism, UC Berkeley; Berkeley, CA

Director of Alumni Relations October 2007 to February 2010

  • Manage relations with 2,700 journalism alumni
  • Fundraised $250,000 scholarship endowment and $10,000 speaker series grant
  • Conceptualized, planned and organized 150-person ‘Tools for Saving Journalism’ conference, March 2009

Lonely Planet Publications; Melbourne, Australia; Oakland, CA; London, UK

Author Liaison Manager 2006

  • Worked as liaison between international author body of 326 and global staff of 600
  • Created initiative to raise author pay AUS$900,000 (US$750,000)
  • Planned, budgeted and led 3-/4-day author workshops in Melbourne and Oakland for 25-40 authors and 30-100 staff
  • Spearheaded initiatives to mentor new authors, increase sales, foster communication with production staff, create global leadership team task force to improve author relations
  • Featured in video ‘What does it take to be a Lonely Planet author?’
  • Provided expertise to global Marketing, Sales and Publicity teams on new initiatives and best practices
  • Contributed (as consultant, 2005) to guidelines and philosophy of START (Sustainable Travel And Responsible Tourism)

Full Frame Documentary Film Festival; Durham, NC

Travel Director; December 2002 to April 2003

  • Managed travel for international guests at United States’ premier documentary film festival
  • Coordinated lodging, transport and meals for 110 filmmakers and special guests
  • Fundraised $11,000 of in-kind sponsorship (equivalent to corporate sponsors)

Solimar Magazine; Lafayette, CA

Senior Editor March to August 1999

  • Managed all content development for start-up four-color national magazine; produced flawless issue
  • Wrote articles; copyedited magazine; cultivated each issue from implementing story ideas to production
  • Managed fifty freelance writers, two editors, editorial assistant; created and managed intern program

Other Work Experience

California School for the Deaf; Fremont, CA

Assistant Counselor  June to August 1993

  • Planned and implemented activities at a camp for deaf and hearing children aged 4 to 12
  • Interpreted American Sign Language (ASL)

 

Volunteer Experience

Creative Professionals Group Leader and Founder Durham, NC 2002 to 2006; San Francisco, CA 2008-2011

  • Conceived, founded and led ongoing creative professionals support group of up to 12 members
  • Planned bi-weekly meetings, created personal action plans, mentored young artists

Job Corps; Treasure Island, CA

Mentor August 2008 to February 2010

  • Mentor Job Corps students on writing, job and life skills

826 Valencia; San Francisco, CA

Writing Teacher January to February 2007

  • Taught ‘Having Something to Say’ personal essay class to high school students

Hoopa Indian Reservation; Hoopa, CA

Youth Coordinator  July to August 1996

  • Supervised nine at-risk youth during summer school solar dehydrator project
  • Lived on reservation, worked with members of Hoopa, Yurok and Wiyot tribes

Center Activities; Arcata, CA

Assistant American Sign Language (ASL) Teacher  1993 to 1995

  • Aided instructor in teaching approximately twelve students each semester; tutored privately

S.S. Universe (Semester at Sea); Earth

American Sign Language (ASL) Teacher  September to December 1992

·       Developed, planned and led ASL class for thirty professors and students

  • Three students continued ASL studies at their respective universities
  • Won leadership award for initiative

 

Education

Comedy Writing, Improvisation; 2014-present
The Second City; Chicago, IL

MJ in Journalism; May 2002
Graduate School of Journalism; University of California at Berkeley; Berkeley, CA
Areas of study: International Journalism; Feature, Travel and Humor Writing; Radio; Photography

BA in Religious Studies and Philosophy; May 1995
Humboldt State University; Arcata, CA

Semester at Sea; 1992
Based out of the University of Pittsburgh, PA

Professional interests: Travel, sustainability, international issues, food, culture, urban planning, historic preservation, public space, sociology, social psychology, outdoor activities, the arts, documentary film, theatrical improvisation, games

Languages: Fluent American Sign Language (ASL); conversational Italian and Spanish; beginning Finnish

 

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