I was born in raised in sunny San Diego, California. My heart will always be in San Diego, but I love exploring the world and experiencing new cultures. I have lived in Amman, Berkeley, Cairo, DC, Tampa and have traveled extensively through China and Spain.
I love tech and I'm always working on projects that can help out.
Here's some theories I have developed through my experience:
- The quality of food is poorly connected to the price of food.
- The best food tends to be further away from tourist centers.
- The closer you get to the ocean the more expensive the land with a big exception in Valencia, Spain.
I have thoroughly enjoyed every job I've had.
- Lead Front-End Developer of code.gov
- Lead Developer of the Global Agriculture Disaster Assessment System
- Refugee Resettlement Team Manager at Catholic Charities, Diocese of San Diego
- Python Developer at Media Thirst
- Author at Georgetown University
- Fellow at MapStory
- Web Developer at Georgetown University
- GIS Intern at the American Red Cross
- Summer Intern at the U.S. House of Representatives
I have written a lot from a 50-page history thesis to short blog posts. Here's a short list of my writings:
- OpenGov Voices: MapStory: A data commons for a changing Earth for the Sunlight Foundation blog
- MapStoriography and Meta-Storytelling for MapStory
- Nonproliferation and Conflict Resolution Blog
- Is this the first open dataset of global border changes since 1980?
I have actively contributed to the open source community and seek projects that will have a positive impact.
In addition to the written word, I have created a lot of maps while always trying to make the next one more beautiful and more informative than the last. Here's a short list of my maps:
- Red Cross Communities of Latin America and the Caribbean
- Comparison of Tacloban, Philippines before and after Typhoon Haiyan
- Changes to OpenStreetMap after Typhoon Haiyan.
- Comparison of post-Haiyan damage classifications by on-the-ground personnel and OpenStreetMap contributors
- US Oil Imports
- Race to the Top Winners
A mentor once used the phrase "citizen time" to refer to free time and the idea stuck. Here are a list of some of my activities:
- English Instructor to Refugees
- Mentor to Refugee Youth
- Content Curator at USIP PeaceMedia Project
- Mediator at National Conflict Resolution Center
Here's a list of websites that I'm digging:
Shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.