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Nice to meet you!

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I currently live in Brooklyn, NY. I grew up in Maryland, spent my college years at Columbia University's School of Engineering, and was a HS math teacher at a public school in New Orleans, Lousiana.

Some of the things that make me happy...

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Backpacking & camping

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Dancing
I've performed at 4
Warriors' half-time shows!

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Meditating
I organize a weekly session
by the water!

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Chai
Especially when I can make
it for friends!

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Hiking

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Ceramics

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Performing

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Cooking

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Traveling

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Reading

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Activism

In my spare time, I enjoy getting involved with causes that I care about.

GOBK Digital Team

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Get Organized BK is a community organization that resists hate and injustice by organizing targeted civic actions for Brooklyn residents.

Co-led Digital Team, co-developed website, facilitated digital communications tools and resource sharing for subgroups and 1000+ members.

Raise the Age NY

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Raise the Age NY was a multi-year campaign to prevent 16- and 17-year-old kids from being prosecuted as adults in NY. The campaign succeeded in April 2017 and was signed into law by Governor Cuomo.

Organized phone banks, created shareable infographic.

Richard Glossip is Innocent

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Richard Glossip is Innocent was a website created and released alongisde the Discovery Go TV series examining Richard Glossip's wrongful conviction and subsequent sentencing to death row.

Created website, set up pipeline to funnel leads for Richard Glossip's defense.

Death Penalty Truths

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Death Penalty Truths is a digital infographic about truths and myths surrounding the death penalty.

Commended by Bryan Stevenson, the director of the Equal Justice Initiative. In collaboration with the Yes on 62 campaign to end the death penalty in California.

The day my student was expelled

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A reflection about a time when one of my students was expelled. This piece is largely a critism about the school-to-prison pipeline and punitive justice models.

Featured as an Editor's Pick on the homepage of Medium.com, The Marshall Project, and The Southern Poverty Law Center. Published in The Synapse.

Tamir Rice: your death was part of The Plan.

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A letter written to Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old victim of police brutality. This piece offers a grim perspective on the planned nature of mass incarceraton.
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Work & Whatnot

I'm a teacher turned entrepreneur! In February 2015, I sold my company, UClass, to Renaissance Learning.

These are some of the places that I've worked/studied:

Manager, R&D
CTO & Co-founder
Analyst
Google Wallet, Google Offers
Algebra & Geometry teacher; Data Coordinator
Corps Member; Operations Director
B.S. IEOR - Engineering Management Systems
Minor in Computer Science

A bit more about the type of work I've done recently...

  • Early-stage startups

    Strategic vision setting, sales funnel optimization, raising capital, intial pitches

  • Lean Methodology

    Building your very first MVP, customer development, failing fast, lean "experiments"

  • Eng Management

    Agile, product pipelines, scaling systems, hiring developers

  • Continuous Improvement

    Kaizen, PDCA, change management, iterative process optimization

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Mentorship

I frequently chat with early-stage startups about building great products and developing engineering processes.

I actively volunteer as a mentor with a few different organizations:

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I also occasionally speak on panels or present at events. Here's where I've recently spoken:

Columbia Venture Community panel,
"From Bootstrap Start-up to Acquisition"
Panelist
University of San Francisco, School of Management
Creativity, Innovation, and Applied Design
Guest Lecturer
University of California, San Francisco
Master of Global Entrepreneurial Management class
Guest Lecturer
SF EdTalks,
"Real Talk: The Changing State of Education"
Panelist
Duke Fuqua MBA class, Net Impact Club Speaker
MIT Sloan MBA class Speaker
Kick Accelerator,
Spring cohort
Speaker
Columbia Radio Lab Podcast,
"From Bootstrap Start-up to Acquisition"
Speaker
Kick Accelerator,
Fall cohort
Speaker