Experience

Author, journalist, podcast and TV producer                                                                                                      

  • Currently focused on three major writing projects: a novel optioned by Breaking Bad star Betsy Brandt for television adaptation (co-writing pilot), a nonfiction book about dementia, and a thriller about the fictional aftermath of the Nanny Murder Trial in the late 1990s.
  • Author of Deep Water, a narrative nonfiction book published by Simon & Schuster
    • Optioned for screen adaptation by Sony Pictures Television and Academy Award-nominated producer Shannon McIntosh
  • Producer/writer for Treefort Media, a podcast-first company whose clients include Sony Pictures, Disney, LA Times Studios, Microsoft, Dignity Health, and Audible/Amazon
  • Published hundreds of articles in magazines and newspapers, including The New York Times Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle Magazine, Associated Press, People Magazine, Huffington Post, Runner’s World, Town & Country, Shape, and many others, as well as chapters in national travel guidebooks during years of focus on travel writing
  • Staff writer & columnist, Honolulu Star-Bulletin
    • Published multiple articles each week on national and regional entertainment news, including celebrity profiles, breaking news, set visits, red carpet events, and reviews
    • Wrote weekly column about movie and television news
    • Covered food, wine, and business, and interviewed chefs, master sommeliers, and political leaders
  • Hawaii Bureau Chief, Travel Weekly Magazine
    • Published travel features and news articles on Hawaii and Asia Pacific tourism for nationally-distributed travel trade publication; managed freelancers
  • Staff writer, Honolulu Advertiser
    • Covered health, wellness, sports, tourism/hospitality, and business
  • Investigative journalist, Civil Beat newspaper
    • Part of business launch team; covered city finances and politics
  • Television writer/producer/on-camera host
    • Wrote, produced, and hosted 30-minute episodes of educational/cultural travelogue series throughout the Pacific, including Tahiti and the Marshall Islands
    • Wrote and co-produced one-hour sports specials that aired on ESPN

 

Communications, marketing, operations, and management strategist                                                  

  • Currently working as a consultant providing communications, branding, speech writing, and media relations for executives
  • Executive Director of Communications for Urban Villages, a real estate development firm focused on district-wide revitalization, placemaking, and sustainability (full-time)
    • Managed all internal and external communications, including OM for capital raise, PR team, marketing of buildings owned, website evolution, and HR transition
  • Business management/operations efficiency/UX consultant for The Ranch Malibu
  • Strategic communications consultant with Relevant Group, a vertically-integrated, design focused real estate development company that creates distinctive hospitality and lifestyle destinations in Hollywood
    • Assisted with business plans and offering memorandum/investor pitch deck for major capital raise to fund new subsidiaries
  • Director of Marketing for Twin Farms, an ultra-luxury boutique hotel in Vermont and winner of numerous accolades, including Andrew Harper’s Grand Hotel Award and Forbes Five-Star Hotel Award
    • Managed PR, travel agent relationships, sales campaigns, communications, IT implementation
    • Strategized with hotel owners about enhancing enterprise value by analyzing and restructuring operating systems, as well as streamlining employee roles and responsibilities
  • Long-term communications consultant with The MacNaughton Group, Hawaii’s premier real estate development firm specializing in lifestyle, retail, and hospitality
    • Supervised website design, development, CMS, and wrote content; composed speeches for chairman and founder’s public appearances; assisted with industry relations
  • Consultant to BlackSand Capital, a $326M private equity real estate firm
    • Supervised website development and strategized corporate communications
  • Media consultant for Communications Pacific Public Relations
    • Trained executives to manage public relations crises with mock interviews

 

Education

  • Yale School of Management
    • Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)
    • Commencement speaker
  • University of California, Los Angeles
    • Master’s degree, Education (M.Ed.)
    • Bachelor of Arts, English Literature (B.A.) – Dean’s List
    • Completed undergraduate degree in three years
    • Intercollegiate cross-country (team captain) and track athlete; competed as graduate student

 

Additional experience and personal interests                                                                                          

  • Program Manager and medical writer, University of Hawaii Cancer Center
    • Advised director on communications and media strategy, assisting in Chief of Staff capacity
    • Helped establish and administer Hawaii Cancer Consortium, recruit physician-scientists, and manage staff
    • Rewrote technical medical research reports to expand education outreach programs and strengthen fundraising presentations
  • Investigator on dementia research project
    • Worked with team of scientists to create and co-write website, and served as first author of article in Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences
    • Developed additional website in WordPress, podcast in Audacity, video in Final Cut Pro (http://dementiainthehouse.com/)
  • Bioscience conference director
    • Directed first bioscience conference for University of Hawaii medical school, with 400 attendees and 20 speakers, including Nobel laureates
    • Planned and managed conference from inception: fundraised, supervised budget, and executed through completion
  • Teaching, coaching, mentoring, advocacy
    • Writing and literature teacher in diverse public high school, including curriculum development and 300 hours of continuing education following graduate school studies
    • Dementia patient and caregiver advocate (Dementia in the House)
    • Leader of running and triathlon clinics for executives
    • Professional and volunteer coach for teens and youth
  • Health, wellness, fitness
    • Ironman Triathlon World Championship: Five-time qualifier and finisher (2 x podium)
    • Marathon runner: Sub-three hours, top 10 age group in Chicago, three-time Boston finisher
    • Top three overall female in dozens of running, swimming, triathlon, and multi-sport events over two decades