The intersection of the arts and social change have been at the center of my work for over a decade. I began making films about chronic illness and healthcare when I was a young teen. By high school, I wrote, directed and produced a play for a professional festival as a fundraiser for the Jed Foundation. And, in college, I wrote a 120 page senior thesis about the intersection of celebrity culture and digital media in social movements.
My agency experience helped me become an expert project manager and problem solver. At Leo Burnett, I led teams of shooters, editors and animators to deliver media content ranging from social media flights to broadcast commercials. Most notably, I produced the first branded Facebook live video as a project for McDonald's. The livestream was a 45-minute multi-camera show that generated over 800,000 engagements and raised money for Ronald McDonald House Charities.
Innovating for social change makes me tick. I decided to pursue graduate school to reorient my media work specifically in social change. Over the last two years, I have been able to dive into non-profit management and advocacy both in the classroom and in my work with Henry Street Settlements and The Adventure Project.
Finally, I make things happen. Over the last several years, I have been hard at work on two social change oriented film projects. My film, Running Breathless, won the ReelAbilities Film Festival Grand Prize last year. I've also been incredibly fortunate to screen the film at Google and Citi Bank as part of their diversity and inclusion initiatives. Additionally, I am currently producing a documentary series with a group of 13-year-olds about growing up at this particular moment in the world.