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 available 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.