I currently am a Lead Developer at San Diego-based Achieve Internet, largely focusing on custom Drupal development and Apigee Devportals. Prior to working for Achieve, I was a developer and project manager at LevelTen Interactive, a Drupal development shop as well. I also volunteer as the co-lead of the Beach Preservation Committee for the San Diego Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation. We keeps tabs on issues that negatively affect beach access and/or the future of our natural coastline. We fight to ensure equitable access to the beach, by first making sure there is a beach to protect, and by keeping coastal cities and the California Coastal Commission accountable.

From 2010-2014 I worked as an independent contractor and on my own projects, focusing on website development using the Drupal content management system. My most recent projects include the development of Bevelsmith, a build-it-yourself website tool for custom picture frame stores. I also performed a Drupal 6 to 7 upgrade and complete site redesign for Evergreen Nursery, San Diego’s largest wholesale nursery. In my ‘spare’ time I maintain Drive the Americas, a Drupal site we built for people, well, driving the Americas.

In January of 2010 I returned from eighteen months of travel through Latin America.   My husband and I took a lengthy road trip, driving the Pan-American Highway from California to Argentina.  Two months in the United States, two months in Mexico, five months in Central America, and nine months in South America took us through fourteen countries and over 27,000 miles of road.  We learned Spanish, met wonderful people, visited amazing cultural sites, saw gorgeous natural wonders, volunteered time, learned to surf, developed websites, and enjoyed ourselves tremendously.  Read more about our trip on our blog, The Darien Plan.

Previous to this trip, I completed my PhD in Organic Chemistry at UC Berkeley, followed by a two year post-doc at Chiron/Novartis. After that I was an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Policy fellow in the Office of the Secretary at the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).