I'm the director of global adaptation at BuzzFeed. In this role, I lead a team of 13 editors and producers around the world developing products, processes, and strategies to ensure the best of BuzzFeed is available across languages, platforms, and formats. Here's an interview I did about my role and a piece from Fortune about how we break news in multiple languages.
Previously, I was a founding member of the team that developed and launched the BuzzFeed News app. In addition to those responsibilities, I created and edited the daily BuzzFeed News newsletter. For more on my work with the news app team, you can read about what we learned from a week of prototyping the BuzzFeed News newsletter in public and what testing via email taught us about news apps.
Before moving to New York from DC to join BuzzFeed, I was deeply entrenched in thinking, reading, and writing about the news media, ethics in reporting, and the future of journalism at the American Press Institute. I started API's daily “Need to Know” newsletter. While in DC, I was also a volunteer HTML instructor at Byte Back, a non-profit that provides computer access and career-oriented computer training to underemployed and unemployed adults. I was selected as Volunteer of the Month in October of 2012.
During my time at the Council on Foreign Relations, I served as the multimedia coordinator. While there, I helped write, edit, and produce a weekly podcast called “The World Next Week” on global events in the coming week. I was also a fellow at Atlantic Media Company. Shortly after the fellowship, I was hired as a marketing and design associate at National Journal, working on the launch of its Membership program.
Before all of that, I was studying global studies and geography at UCLA and spent two summers studying both of those things in Paris. While at UCLA, I also did a few other things: I wrote my thesis on cyber warfare and taught a seminar on the same subject; worked at the Burkle Center for International Relations as their multimedia editor (I still freelance for them); wrote, edited, produced and designed at the Daily Bruin, UCLA’s student newspaper — and received the first place award for a multimedia news feature from the Associated Collegiate Press; interned at GOOD Magazine; and worked at Anthropologie in between a few coffee shop stints. Every now and then, I like to run — I’ve ran two marathons, two half-marathons, and a handful of 10ks, 8ks, and 5ks.