I am an executive-level program and product researcher focused on social equity and economic stability in marginalized communities. Over the past 20 years, I have been instrumental in the design and strategic direction of successful programs and initiatives for several companies, philanthropic foundations, and community-based organizations throughout the United States. Most notably, my work in STEM education and technology workforce development has won national awards and garnered millions of dollars in investment including support from Microsoft, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, Social Venture Partners (SVP), the Ashoka Foundation, Adobe, Facebook, and National Institutes of Health (NIH), and many others. My work centers around how to design technology interventions (i.e., programs, products, initiatives, companies) in ways that achieve social equity and economic stability for marginalized communities.
My expertise includes specializations in technology entrepreneurship, social innovation, STEM education, digital media production, organizational and community development, product research, information politics, and socio-technical theories. Fundamentally, I am interested in how to improve the research and design of interventions (e.g., programs, evaluations, software, curriculum) intended to support how people learn, share information, and solve problems, whether in social, academic, or professional settings. My track record includes the development of several learning-centered solutions. These solutions have supported my employers, clients and partners to achieve transformative social and business outcomes. A unifying common outcome for all my work is a persistent focus achieving social equity and economic stability in marginalized communities.
In terms of scholarship, I recently co-authored a book chapter in Stories from Inequity to Justice in Literacy Education: Confronting Digital Divides (2019, Routledge Press). I am also leading product research efforts for software that supports policymakers, business leaders, technology investors, and industry practitioners in informed decision-making around technology development and related ecosystems. My formal education includes a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Behavioral Science from Eastern Washington University and a Masters of Science in Information Science (MSIS) from the University of Washington. Furthermore, I am a proud father, a German Marshall Memorial Fellow (2015), a former Washington State Art Commissioner, and a doctoral candidate at the University of Washington Information School.